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Sensex, Nifty start on a tepid note

Mumbai |┬áBenchmark indices started on a negative note Friday as investors turned cautious after the release of the minutes of RBI’s last policy meet, in which governor Shaktikanta Das argued the need to look at growth concerns.

Besides, subdued cues from other Asian markets too weighed on investor sentiment here.

The BSE Sensex was trading 75.24 points, or 0.21 percent, lower at 35,823.11. Similarly, the 50-share NSE Nifty fell 25.95 points, or 0.24 percent, to 10,763.90. In the previous session, the 30-share index settled 142.09 points, or 0.40 percent higher at 35,898.35. The broader Nifty gained 54.40 points, or 0.51 percent, to 10,789.85.

Top losers in the Sensex pack in morning trade include Kotak Bank, Tata Steel, L&T, RIL, Axis Bank, NTPC, Tata Motors, HDFC Bank, HDFC and ITC, falling up to 3.39 percent. On the other hand, Yes Bank, Sun Pharma, Maruti, ONGC, Bajaj Auto, IndusInd Bank, ICICI Bank, M&M, Bharti Airtel and SBI rose up to 1.63 percent.

According to traders, investor sentiment turned weak after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Thursday released the minutes of its last monetary policy meet.

The central bank’s Monetary Policy Committee has noted the “weakened growth momentum” amidst inflation cooling off to lower the key policy rates to create a “congenial environment” for growth as the reasons for the surprise rate cut earlier this month. In his debut policy review as RBI governor Shaktikanta Das argued that there was a need to look at growth concerns.

Meanwhile, on a net basis, domestic institutional investors (DIIs) were net buyers to the tune of Rs 202.10 crore, and foreign institutional investors (FIIs) also bought shares worth a net of Rs 55.48 crore on Thursday, provisional data available with BSE showed. Domestic investors also tracked weak cues from global markets, traders said.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng slipped 0.26 percent, Kospi fell 0.28 percent, and Japan’s Nikkei shed 0.42 percent; while Shanghai Composite Index was trading 0.03 percent higher in early trade.

On Wall Street, Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.40 percent lower at 25,850.63 points on Thursday. The benchmark Brent crude futures fell 0.28 percent to USD 66.88 per barrel. The rupee, meanwhile, was trading almost flat at 71.23 against the US dollar in early session.

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