Mumbai, Aug 11 : Failing to sustain yesterday's gains, the Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark Sensex fell by over 89 points in opening trade today, after funds and retail investors booked profits, amid a weak trend overseas on worsening European financial crisis.
The 30-share Sensex, which gained 272.60 points in the previous session, fell by 89.41 points, or 0.52 per cent, to 17,041.10 in the first few minutes of trade. In a similar fashion, the wide-based National Stock Exchange Nifty index shed 27.40, or 0.53 per cent, to 5,133.60.
Stocks of IT, auto, realty, metals and banking sectors came under selling pressure, which dragged down the Sensex. Market experts said sentiments turned weak on profit-booking by funds and retail investors on the handsome gains recorded in the previous session and a subdued trend on the other Asian bourses in line with overnight huge sell-off on US markets, amid worries over the economy and Europe's worsening financial crisis.
Meanwhile, in the Asian region, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index was down 2.52 per cent, while Japan's Nikkei lost 1.29 per cent in morning trade today. The Dow Jones Industrial Average in the US fell by 4.62 per cent in the previous session on Friday. PTI