Sensex falls 57 points in early trade
The 30-share barometer fell by 57.26 points, or 0.29 per cent, to 19,418.74. The index had gained nearly 232 points in the previous two sessions.
Stocks of realty, consumer durables and banking sectors fell due to profit-booking. Similarly, the wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty shed 16.25 points, or 0.27 per cent, to 5,913.35.
Brokers said besides profit-booking by speculators after recent gains, a weak trend in the Asian trade following overnight losses at the US market influenced the sentiments here.
In the Asian region, Japan's Nikkei Index shed 1.03 per cent, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng index down 0.28 per cent in early trade today. The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.74 per cent down in yesterday's trade.
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Nifty futures on the Singapore Exchange were largely unchanged. The MSCI-Asia Pacific index, excluding Japan fell 0.22 percent.
Asian shares paused on Thursday after rallying to their highest in nearly 17 months the day before, as talks to avert a U.S. fiscal crisis stalled, prompting worries of the world's largest economy sliding back into recession.
U.S. stocks sold off late in the day to close at session lows on Wednesday as talks to avert a year-end fiscal crisis turned sour, even as investors still
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