Sensex down over 17 points in early trade
The 30-share barometer fell by 17.67 points, or 0.09 per cent, to 19,483.41, mainly led by the decline in stocks of technology, IT, FMCG and metal sectors.
The index had gained nearly 33 points in the previous session. Similarly, the wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty fell by 5.75 points, or 0.09 per cent, to 5,892.45.
Brokers said funds booking profits due to a weakening Asian trend mainly influenced the trading sentiment.
They said investors were also cautious ahead of the Union Budget scheduled for this month-end.
In the Asian region, Japan's Nikkei Index was down 0.11 per cent, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng index shed 0.15 per cent in early trade today.
Stocks to watch-Feb 19
(Reuters): Nifty futures on the Singapore Exchange rose 0.08 percent. The MSCI-Asia Pacific index, excluding Japan rose 0.1 percent.
Regional stock markets held to tight ranges as the absenc of catalysts and a holiday in the U.S. overnight capped demand, while the yen remained near recent lows, as attention turned to the appointment of a new Bank of Japan governor.
U.S. markets were closed for a public holiday.
FACTORS TO WATCH
British Prime Minister David Cameron will meet Manmohan Singh in New Delhi. Debt and FX markets closed for a banking holiday.
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