The 30-share barometer fell by 36.56 points, or 0.18 percent, to 20,679.02. The index had lost 611.03 points in the previous four sessions. Stocks of banking, FMCG, power, oil and gas and auto sectors were the major losers that pulled down the Sensex.

The National Stock Exchange index Nifty fell 15.00 points, or 0.24 percent, to 6,153.40. Brokers said persistent selling by funds on fears of a rate hike by the RBI in its mid-quarter review of monetary policy on December 18 and a weak trend in the Asian region on speculation that the Federal Reserve will announce a cut in stimulus at its policy meeting this week, mainly dampened the trading sentiment.

Among other Asian markets, Hong Kong's Hang Seng traded lower by 0.16 percent and Japan's Nikkei fell 0.65 percent in morning trade. The US Dow Jones Industrial Average, however, ended 0.10 percent higher on Friday.


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