Extending declines for third straight session amid weak global cues, domestic equity markets started Thursday&’s trading session with marginal cuts.

At 9.45 am, the Sensex at the Bombay Stocks Exchange (BSE) was trading 19 points down at 27,756 while the Nifty at the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was trading 10 points lower at 8,565.

On Wednesday, the Sensex had closed 310 points down at 27,775 and the Nifty had closed 103 points lower at 8,575.

In the broader markets, BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices slipped around 0.2 per cent each.

Among the BSE sectoral indices, FMCG index registered the biggest jump with a gain of 0.6 per cent while Metal index became the top loser with a dip of 0.8 per cent.

Top gainers in the Sensex-30 pack: Hero Motocorp (up 1.2 per cent), Lupin (up 1.1 per cent), ITC (up 1.1 per cent), TCS (up 0.9 per cent) and Reliance Industries (up 0.6 per cent).

Top losers in the Sensex-30 pack: Sun Pharma (down 3 per cent), SBI (down 1.3 per cent), Gail (down 0.9 per cent), L&T (down 0.9 per cent) and Tata Motors (down 0.9 per cent). 

Meanwhile, the Rupee was trading 18 paisa down at 66.90 against the US Dollar.