Mumbai: The BSE benchmark index Sensex fell further by over 86 points in early trade today, extending yesterday's losses on sustained selling by funds following RBI's weak outlook on rate cuts amid a subdued trend on Asian bourses.

The 30-share index, which had lost 366.53 points in the previous session, fell further by 86.20 points, or 0.52 percent, to 16,459.98 with stocks of realty, banking and metal sectors leading the fall.

On the similar lines, the wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty declined by 28.60 points, or 0.57 percent, to 4,971.35.

Brokers said sentiment remained bearish after RBI Deputy Governor Subir Gokarn's comment that there is little room for further reduction in interest rats in view of inflationary pressure, triggering selling pressure by participants.

In addition, a weak trend on other Asian bourses following overnight losses at the US market on investor worries over political uncertainty in Greece was another factor behind fall in stock prices, they said.

In the Asian region, the Hong Kong's Hang Seng index fell by 0.77 percent, while Japan's Nikkei index was down by 1.19 percent in early trade today.

The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.59 percent lower in yesterday's trade.


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