Sensex off record-high, falls 41 points in early trade

The BSE Sensex, which opened at 31,222.51 points, provisionally closed at 31,145.80 points (at 3.30 p.m.) - down 13.60 points or 0.04 per cent from its previous close of 31,159.40 points. Meanwhile, the NSE benchmark Nifty settled 3.3 points lower at 9,621.25.

The index scaled 31,255.28 to breach its previous all- time intra-day high of 31,220.38 hit yesterday.

NSE's Nifty50 index closed 3 points lower at 9,621 with 22 constituents ending the session in the green.

At 9.36 am, the Sensex was trading at 31,179.66, up 20.26 points (0.07%) while the Nifty50 was trading at 9,633.20, up 8.65 points (0.09%).

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The monsoon, which delivers about 70 percent of India's annual rainfall, arrived at the southern Kerala coast on Tuesday, in line with forecasts, a weather office source said, brightening the outlook for higher farm output and robust economic growth.

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"This positive trend can continue in the near-term given strong domestic and foreign fund inflows", said Vinod Nair, head of research at Geojit Financial Services.

Shares of Jet Airways slipped over 5 percent in early trade after reporting a 95 percent drop in consolidated net profit for the March quarter of the fiscal year 2017. Japan's Nikkei too shed 0.14 per cent.

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U.S. stocks inched lower on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 retreating slightly from a record, as weakness in the energy and financial sectors outweighed gains in technology shares.

The S&P BSE Mid-Cap index rose 1.08%.

Opening weak, the 30-share Sensex slid below the 31,000 -mark on a string of weak quarterly earnings, but quickly bounced to yet another intra-day lifetime high of 31,214.39.

Other gainers were Lupin, GAIL, PowerGrid, ICICI Bank, Dr Reddy's, Maruti Suzuki, Cipla, Bharti Airtel, ITC, HDFC Bank, Wipro, Axis Bank and Hero MotoCorp, rising up to 2.75 per cent. The S&P BSE Metal index fell over 1.43 per cent to 11,247 with Vedanta, Coal India and Tata Steel being the major laggards.

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