Mumbai: The BSE benchmark Sensex fell by nearly 74 points in early trade on Friday on selling by funds and retail investors ahead of industrial output data amid a mixed trend on Asian bourses.
The 30-share barometer, which had lost almost 493 points in the previous three sessions, fell further by 73.99 points, or 0.45 percent, to 16,346.06 in early trade on Friday.
All sectoral indices, led by metal and oil and gas, were trading in the negative zone with losses of up to 0.71 percent.
Similarly, the wide-based National Stock Exchange Nifty index declined by 25.55 points, or 0.51 percent, to 4,940.15.
Brokers said expectations of lower industrial output data for March to be released later today, mainly triggered selling by funds and retail investors.
Meanwhile, in the Asia region, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was down 1.08 percent, while Japan's Nikkei Index up 0.45 percent in morning trade.
The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.16 percent higher in Thursday's trade.


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