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Sensex declines 83 pts in morning trade

SNS | New delhi |

Tracking negative global markets, domestic bourses started the week in the red zone. At 9.50 am on Monday, the Sensex at the BSE was trading 83 points down at 26,407 while the Nifty at the NSE was trading 21 points down at 8,119.
In the broader markets, BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices slipped around 0.3 per cent each. 
Among the BSE sectoral indices, Oil & Gas index registered the biggest gain with a jump of 1.2 per cent while Auto index became the top loser with a dip of 0.4 per cent.
On Friday, the Sensex had closed 30 points down at 26,490 and the Nifty had ended 14 points lower at 8,139.
Top gainers in the Sensex-30 pack: Gail (up 1.5 per cent), M&M (up 1 per cent), Lupin (up 0.6 per cent), Reliance Industries (up 0.5 per cent) and ITC (up 0.5 per cent).
Top losers in the Sensex-30 pack: Sun Pharma (down 1.1 per cent), Asian Paints (down 1.1 per cent), HUL (down 1 per cent), HDFC (down 0.9 per cent) and Tata Motors (down 0.9 per cent).
Meanwhile, the Rupee was trading two paise down at 67.78 against the US Dollar.