Mumbai: A benchmark index for Indian equities, the sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), on Monday opened lower and was trading at 27,321.66 points, some 30 minutes after the opening bell.

The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was also trading lower, at 8,230.85 points, with a loss of 150.25 points or -1.79 percent.

The 30-share Sensex opened at 27,278.37 points, against the previous close at 27,451.07 points. At 9.45 a.m., it was ruling at 27,310.98 points, with a loss of 509.18 points, or -1.83 percent.

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