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Sensex opens 84 pts down on foreign fund outflows, global cues


Mumbai : Indian shares continued their losing run as the benchmark BSE Sensex lost ground by over 84 points and the NSE Nifty cracked below the 7,700 mark in early trade as investors indulged in scaling down their bets, tracking weak global cues.

Moreover, renewed concerns over passing of key reform bills like GST too dampened sentiments.

The 30-share index was trading lower by 84.67 points or 0.33 per cent at 25,225.66 with metal, realty, oil&gas, PSU, power, healthcare and IT stocks contributing to the fall.

The gauge has plunged by 860 points in the previous five sessions on sustained foreign fund outflows and worries over the passage of GST bill.

Also, Nifty dipped below the 7,700-mark by falling 24.05 points or 0.31 per cent to 7,677.65.

Brokers said continued capital outflows by foreign funds and a weak trend in other Asian markets following overnight losses in the US equities amid a retreat in commodity-linked stocks due to weaker oil prices accelerated selling here.

Japan’s Nikkei was down 0.52 per cent while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng shed 0.41 per cent in early trade today. Shanghai, however, was up by 0.52 per cent in early trades.

The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.92 per cent lower in yesterday’s trade.

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