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Sensex tumbles on global cues

Mumbai: The benchmark BSE Sensex on Monday plunged over 335 points in early trade, extending losses for the second session as funds and retail investors engaged in reducing positions amid a weak trend in global
PTI January 27, 2014 10:06 IST
PTI
Mumbai: The benchmark BSE Sensex on Monday plunged over 335 points in early trade, extending losses for the second session as funds and retail investors engaged in reducing positions amid a weak trend in global markets.

The 30-share barometer, which had lost 240.10 points in the previous session, fell by 335.33 points, or 1.58 per cent, to 20,798.23.

Stocks of banking, capital goods, metal, auto, power and consumer durable sectors declined due to profit-booking.

Similarly, the wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty fell by 80.80 points, or 1.29 per cent, to 6,185.95.

Brokers said a weak trend prevailed in the Asian region and markets remained under pressure as the US Federal Reserve is poised to continue tapering its stimulus programme. The market sentiment was also dampened by tighter credit conditions in China, raising fears of a slowdown, they added.

In the Asian region, Japan's Nikkei Index was down 2.49 per cent, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng index shed 2.28 per cent in early trade.

The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 1.96 per cent down in Friday's trade.