Sensex opens 126 pts down
The 30-share Bombay Stock Exchange barometer, which lost 176.42 points in the previous session, fell further by 126.42 points, or 0.69 per cent, to 18,005.82 points within the first few minutes of trade on Thursday, with interest-sensitive banking, realty and auto stocks coming under selling pressure.
Similarly, the wide-based National Stock Exchange Nifty index declined by 41.10 points, or 0.75 per cent, to 5,406.40.
Brokers attributed the continued weakening trend on the bourses to persistent selling by funds and retail investors on fears that the Reserve Bank of India might announce a hike in key interest rates in its annual monetary policy review later Thursday to check rising inflation.
In addition, weak cues from Asian markets following overnight losses in the US also had a dampening impact on the sentiment here, they said.
Hong Kong`s Hang Seng index was down by 1.32 per cent, while Japan`s shed 0.84 per cent in morning trade on Thursday.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 1.48 per cent lower in Wednesday`s trade.