The BSE benchmark Sensex continued to fall for the fourth consecutive day, declining another 81 points to 20,741.67 in late morning trade on Friday on persistent selling in consumer durable, banking, refinery and realty sectors, triggered by overseas weakness.

The Sensex resumed lower at 20,785.20 and dropped further to 20,645.64 before quoting at 20,741.67 points at 1030 hrs (IST), showing a loss of 81.10 points from its last close.

The NSE 50-share barometer Nifty also moved down by 27.80 points to 6,159.45.

Major losers were — HDFC (2.16 per cent), ONGC (1.38 per cent), Gail India (1.32 per cent), Maruti Suzuki (1.17 per cent) and TCS (1.13 per cent).

Key benchmark indices in Singapore, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia and South Korea shed 0.3 to 1.06 per cent.

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