New Delhi (Agencies): According to market experts, the free-fall of the stock market is expected to continue in the coming week, with investors likely to reduce their exposure even further amid concerns over rising inflation and the volatile situation in Egypt.

The Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark Sensex, which plummeted by over 10.6 per cent in the month of January, continued to fall in the first week of February, with the index shedding over 441 points in the last session on Friday.

The key index plunged by nearly 388 points, or 2.1 per cent, during the week ended February 4 and analysts feel that the fall is likely to continue, as there is a dearth of positive news and buying on the street.

"Concerns over inflation and the crisis in Egypt will continue to haunt Dalal Street in the coming week. Rising global crude oil prices due to Egypt woes and fears of the possible spread of the political turmoil may compel investors to book profits even at the current low levels," Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services Research Head Alex Mathews said.

However, market observers also feel the latest industrial growth numbers for the month of December, 2010, which are slated to be announced in the coming week, may give som respite to the market.