The benchmark S&P BSE Sensex extended its losses for the second consecutive week, dropping another 93 points on persistent selling pressure due to slowdown in foreign capital inflows coupled with strong US private-sector employment report which may encourage Federal Reserve to taper its bond-buying programme.
    
Contraction in India's services sector, whose contribution to GDP had been growing consistently, last month also dented the market sentiment.
    
The HSBC/Markit Purchasing Managers Index for the services industry fell to 46.7 in December from 47.2 in November as new orders declined. It was the sixth consecutive monthly drop in output and the longest period of continuous reduction since the 2008/2009 global financial crisis.
    
Shares of realty, capital goods, banking, consumer durable, power and metal sectors declined, while healthcare, FMCG, IT and tech shares firmed up on good buying enquiries.
    
The Sensex opened strong at 20,913.79 and moved up further to 20,971.23 on good buying from investors. However, the 30-share index fell afterwards to 20,625.17 on profit- booking before concluding at 20,758.49, posting a loss of 92.84 points, or 0.45 percent, over the last weekend. The key BSE barometer has lost 435.09 points, or 2.05 percent, in the last two weeks.
    
The NSE benchmark Nifty moved down by 39.70 points, or 0.64 percent, to settle at 6,171.45. The 50-share index has dropped 142.35 points, or 2.25 percent, in the last two weeks.

(Agencies)

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