Good buying was observed in auto and metal sectors, while selling pressure was seen in banking index (bankex) and IT sectors.
The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 20,721.17 points, was trading at 20,625.19 points in the pre-noon session, down 82.26 points or 0.40 percent from the previous day’s close at 20,707.45 points.
The Sensex touched a high of 20,795.35 points and a low of 20,554.28 points during the trade so far.
The S&P BSE bankex plunged by 120.08 points and IT index slipped by 90.46 points, while auto index moved up by 99.25 points and metal index gained 59.73 points.
The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) also declined by 25 points or 0.41 percent and was trading at 6,110.85 points.