Extending losses for the sixth session, the BSE benchmark Sensex today lost nearly 19 points in early trade as stocks of IT, FMCG and consumer durables sectors fell on sustained selling by participants ahead of Wholesale Price Index (WPI) data.
The 30-share index, which has lost almost 258 points in the previous five sessions, fell further by 18.41 points, or 0.09 per cent, to 19,210.85.
Similarly, the wide-based National Stock Exchange Nifty declined by 8.05 points, or 0.13 per cent, to 5,843.45.
Brokers said increased selling by funds ahead of WPI data to be announced later today and overnight losses at the US market on fiscal cliff concerns, mainly dampened the trading sentiment here.
Meanwhile, in Asia, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index up by 0.10 per cent, while Japan's Nikkei down 0.33 per cent in opening trade.
The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.56 per cent lower in yesterday's trade.
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GLOBAL MARKETS ROUNDUP
Nifty futures on the Singapore Exchange rose 0.2 percent higher. The MSCI-Asia Pacific index excluding Japan was 0.56 percent down.
The S&P 500 ended its six-day winning streak on Thursday, retreating as worries intensified that Washington's "fiscal cliff" negotiations were dragging on with little progress.
Asian shares snapped a week-long winning streak on Friday, tracking global equities lower, on concerns that U.S. lawmakers are still too far apart to avert a fiscal crisis with an end-of-year deadline looming.
FACTORS TO WATCH
India finance ministry conference on reviving economic growth.
India November WPI inflation. (0630GMT)
Bharti Infratel IPO closes.
INDIAN STOCKS TO WATCH
Indian inflation probably picked up in November as a weak currency pushed up the price of imported fuel, adding to the challenges facing a central bank torn between fighting rising prices and an economic slowdown, a Reuters poll showed.
India's cabinet approved the creation of a special panel on Thursday with watered- down powers to speed up the notoriously slow implementation of big-ticket infrastructure projects.
India approved a new policy to encourage investment in urea manufacturing, a senior minister told reporters on Thursday, a move likely to expedite $6.5 billion in projects that have been held back and to reduce the country's reliance on imports.
The Indian cabinet approved a 30 percent cut in the reserve price of mobile phone airwaves in four telecommunication