The 30-share index was trading down 76.59 points, or 0.28 percent, at 26,446.50, with stocks of realty, healthcare, consumer durables, FMCG, metal, power and oil & gas leading the fall.

The gauge had lost 1,325.90 points in the previous five straight sessions.

On similar lines, the NSE Nifty shed 27.85 points, or 0.34 percent, at 8,016.30.

Brokers said sustained selling by participants on prevailing drought fears and a weak trend in global markets amid concerns of an early interest rate hike by the US Fed after Friday's strong jobs report mainly dampened mood.

Among other Asian markets, Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 1.19 percent and Japan's Nikkei shed 0.80 per cent in early trade today.

The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.46 percent lower in yesterday's trade.

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