Mumbai: The BSE benchmark index on Tuesday Sensex declined by over 77 points in morning trade due to selling by funds and speculators as rupee slumped to a new all-time low amid a weak trend at the Asian markets.
    
The 30-share barometer, which had gained 11.84 points in Monday's volatile session, fell by 77.45 points, or 0.40 percent, to 19,363.62, with stocks of realty, consumer durables, metal, banking and auto sectors succumbing to selling pressure.
    
Similarly, the wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty declined by 24.80 points, or 0.42 percent, to 5,853.20. Brokers said selling by participants, triggered by a weakening rupee which plunged to fresh record low of 58.35 against the dollar in morning trade on Tuesday, heightening inflation worries and a weak trend on Asian bourses following overnight weakness on the US market, dampened the sentiment here.
    
In the Asian region, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index fell by 0.90 percent, while Japan's Nikkei Index edged shed 0.82 percent. The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.06 percent lower on Monday.

(Agencies)

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