Sensex and Nifty falls marginally ahead of RBI interest rate outcome

Sensex and Nifty falls marginally ahead of RBI interest rate outcome

Sensex and Nifty falls marginally ahead of RBI interest rate outcome

Mumbai: The benchmark BSE Sensex fell over 108 points in opening trade following a cautious stance adopted by participants ahead of the RBI policy review amid weak Asian cues.

The Nifty jumped 57.40 points or 0.56 per cent to 10,179.20.

Market breadth was negative with 1,101 advances against 1,460 declines.

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Data released during market hours revealed that the Nikkei Services purchasing managers' index in November fell to 48.5 points - the lowest since August - from 51.7 the previous month. The central bank is widely expected to keep policy rates unchanged tomorrow and will stay focused on controlling inflation, experts said.

In the broader markets, the S&P BSE mid-cap index closed lower by 0.09 per cent and the small-cap index by 0.52 per cent.

On the currency front, the rupee closed nearly flat at 64.38-39 against the USA dollar from its previous close at 64.37-38.

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Sector-wise, the S&P BSE consumer durables index declined by 131 points, auto index by 130.49 points and metal index by 117.14 points. "On the macro front upcoming RBI policy and Gujarat state election will be an influential factor for investors which is steering the market to consolidate", said Vinod Nair, head of research, Geojit Financial Services. This has led to selling by investors, which added to the negative mood. The Nasdaq Composite index also dropped 26.39 points or 0.38 per cent to 6,847.59 on developments with a probe into Russia's alleged involvement in the USA election as well as with progress on a tax Bill in Congress.

Other losers included Tata Steel, NTPC, Dr Reddy's, ONGC, Power Grid, Bajaj Auto, L&T, M&M, Asian Paints, HDFC Bank, HUL, Lupin, Coal India, ITC, Tata Motors, Axis Bank, Maruti Suzuki and Infosys, falling by up to 1.71%.

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