The Dhaka bourse ended the Monday's session with a marginal loss amid investors' 'short term' profit booking after the flat rises observed in previous three sessions.
Large cap sectors witnessed sell pressure, whereas the small cap companies topped the gainers' chart.
The banks showed mixed performance and the power sector Monday also continued its dominance in the turnover chart.
The market started the session positively but soon later a downward trend continued for almost two hours on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE).
At the end of the session, most of the securities lost prices and the DSE broad index, DSEX lost 0.35 per cent or 16.67 points to close at 4692.94.
"The earlier enthusiasm failed to stand as the investors were mostly active during the whole session. Most of the large-cap issues experienced price correction," said a market review of the International Leasing Securities.
It said several issues from IT, general insurance and food sector enjoyed buoyancy while selling of shares mostly from engineering, pharmaceuticals and cement sector was reflected in indices.
The DSE Shariah index DSES lost 0.64 per cent or 7.20 points to close at 1116.07 , whereas the blue chip index DS30 shed 0.57 per cent or 10.15 points to close at 1754.62.
The turnover stood at above Tk 4.56 billion which was 5.60 per cent less than the turnover of the previous session.
Institutional traders said the turnover declined due to investors' less participation.
Of 322 issues traded, 93 advanced, 173 declined and 56 were unchanged on the premier bourse.
Among the major sectors based on market capitalisation, engineering lost 1.4 per cent, cement 0.9 per cent, fuel & power 0.7 per cent, life insurance 0.7 per cent and miscellaneous 0.7 per cent.
Among the improving sectors, NBFIs advanced 0.3 per cent, food & allied 0.6 per cent, general insurance 0.6 per cent, paper & printing 0.4 per cent and IT 1.5 per cent.
Investors' attention was concentrated into banking sector which captured 14.7 per cent of the market turnover followed by engineering 14.80 per cent, fuel & power 12.40 per cent and financial institutions 9.80 per cent.
Doreen Power Generations and Systems topped the volume chart with a turnover of Tk 183 million followed by BSRM Limited Tk 173 million, National Bank Limited Tk 171 million, Square Pharmaceuticals Tk 123 million and Bangladesh Building Systems (BBS) Tk 96 million.
Aamra Technology was the number one gainer with a rise of 6.91 per cent to close at Tk 26.30.
On the other hand, National Tubes was the worst loser as its price declined 5.57 per cent to close at Tk 113.40.
On the Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE), the benchmark index CASPI lost 95 points to close at 14391.
Of 247 issues traded, 74 advanced, 143 declined and 30 were unchanged and the turnover stood at above Tk 286.92 million on the port city bourse.