Sensex, Nifty turn sluggish on weak Asian shares
The 30-share index was lower by 78.64 points, or 0.24 %, at 32,398.10. The gauge had lost 98 points yesterday.business Updated: Aug 03, 2017 12:56 IST
Key equity indices Sensex and Nifty registered losses at the open today on account of lower exposure by investors as the RBI’s 25 bps rate reduction did little to lift spirits amid a weak Asian trade.
The 30-share index was lower by 78.64 points, or 0.24 %, at 32,398.10. The gauge had lost 98 points yesterday.
Sectoral indices bank, FMCG, metal, power, realty, capital goods and IT slumped.
The Reserve Bank’s decision to lower the benchmark rate by 25 bps to 6 % yesterday was already priced in, which is why there is nothing to cheer, dealers said.
The National Stock Exchange Nifty also fell by 23.25 points, or 0.23 %, to 10,058.25.
The rupee, which strengthened further against the dollar to trade at a fresh two-year high of 63.65, failed to enthuse sentiment.
Laggards included Kotak Bank, Asian Paints, SBI, ONGC, Adani Ports and Axis Bank.
Other Asian markets trended down in the beginning.
The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended above the 22,000 for the first time yesterday, propelled by strong corporate earnings.