A benchmark index of Indian equities markets was trading 54.28 points or 0.24 percent down during the pre-noon session Monday.
Good buying was observed in healthcare sector, while selling pressure was seen in capital goods, banking and auto sectors.
The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 22,717.59 points, was trading at 22,633.79 points in the pre-noon session, down 54.28 points or 0.24 percent from the previous day's close at 22,688.07 points.
The Sensex touched a high of 22,721.36 points and a low of 22,597.19 points in trade.
The S&P BSE healthcare index gained 129.40 points; while capital goods index dropped by 91.18 points, bankex went down by 51.64 points and auto index slipped by 61.83 points.
The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was also dropped 20 points or 0.29 percent and was trading at 6,762.75 points.