Sensex down by 281 pts, 3-week-low

Sensex Nifty fall in early trade amid weak Asian markets

Sensex down by 281 pts, 3-week-low

The broader 50-share NSE Nifty met with the same fate, dropping 38.35 points, or 0.38 per cent, to close at 10,186.60 after shutting between 10,248 and 10,175.55.

On Monday, the indices closed with substantial losses.

At 1 PM: Markets continued to trade in red during the afternoon session on Tuesday.

The benchmark index of Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) slumped on Monday by 281 points to settle at 33,033.56, a three-week-low on weak European cues.

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Besides, inflation at the wholesale level too rose to six-month high of 3.59 % in October as the prices of food articles rose. "The weakness came on the back of weak global cues", Deepak Jasani, Head - Retail Research, HDFC Securities, told IANS.

"Despite significant tax relief in recent GST council meet, expectation of rise in CPI and WPI inflation added to the cautiousness", Nair added.

The Indian rupee, which opened at 65.36 a dollar, was trading at 65.51 around 4.40 pm.

Uncertainty over U.S. tax reform, slowdown in Chinese factory output and growing political issues in the United Kingdom weaned investors away from placing more bets.

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On the other hand, NTPC (2.06%), Reliance Industries (1.05%), Lupin (1.04%), Hero MotoCorp (0.89%) and Mahindra & Mahindra (0.75%) were the biggest gainers in the Sensex.

Major Sensex losers were: Larsen and Toubro, down 2.46 per cent at Rs 1,209.85; Power Grid, down 2.20 per cent at Rs 206.75; Asian Paints, down 1.77 per cent at Rs 1,154.25; Tata Consultancy Services, down 1.53 per cent at Rs 2,716.75; and ONGC, down 1.25 per cent at Rs 182.

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