The 30-share index slipped below the 31,000-mark by falling 158.31 points, or 0.51 per cent, to 30,869.90 as profit-booking set in recent gainers. Today more than 600 listed companies are going to announce the Q4 earnings including Aurobindo Pharma, Bajaj Electric, BHEL, Coal India, GE Power India, JP Associates, Jubilant Foods, Manpasand Beverages, MMTC Ltd., NTPC, Sundaram Finance, Larsen & Toubro, Oil India Ltd.
BSE sectoral indices led by healthcare, IT, teck and realty declined.
Brokers said emergence of selling by participants at record levels amid discouraging fourth quarterly earnings by some blue-chip companies dampened the domestic sentiment.
The Sensex of the BSE, which opened at 30,944.38 points, was trading at 30,905.43 points (at 9.16 a.m.), lower by 122.78 points or 0.40 per cent from the previous day's close at 31,028.21 points.
The NSE Nifty too soared to an all-time high of 9,622.30 after touching a low of 9,547.70 in early trade.
The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex), was trading at 122.78 points or 0.40 per cent lower soon after opening.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was a touch higher.
Indian shares were flat to slightly higher on Monday amid mixed cues from Asian markets.
The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.01 per cent lower on Friday.
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