Dhaka, Sept. 17 -- Stocks on both the bourses witnessed a downward trend in the early trading on Thursday as investors were seen active on both sides of the trading fence.

Following the previous day's marginal gain, the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) and the Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) today opened on a negative trend amid low trading activities.

Within the first 30 minutes of trading, the DSEX fell more than 3.02 points while the CSE All Share Price Index (CASPI) of the port city's bourse lost 2.40 points at 10:30am when the report was filed.

DSEX, the benchmark index of the DSE, went down by 3.02 points or 0.05 per cent to reach 5,113 points at that time.

The DS30 index, comprising blue chips, also lost 3.21 points to reach at 1,760...