Mumbai: The BSE benchmark Sensex declined by over 33 points in early trade on Tuesday as funds and retail investors engaged in booking-profit amid a weak trend in Asian markets.
The 30-share barometer fell by 33.36 points, or 0.17 percent, to 18,831.39. The index had gained 183.33 points in the previous three sessions.
Stocks of auto, realty, banking, IT, tech and FMCG sectors declined due to profit-booking.
Similarly, the wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty fell by 13.30 points, or 0.23 percent, to 5,691.10.
Brokers said selling by funds amid weakening trend on other Asian bourses mainly influenced the trading sentiment.
In the Asian region, Japan's Nikkei Index was down 1.13 percent, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng index slightly up 0.12 percent in early trade.
First Published: Tuesday, April 02, 2013, 09:43