Markets: Eerie calm

Markets: Eerie calm

it is not clear when market sentiment can change; as in the past, it can be quite sudden.
At a turn and yet not

At a turn and yet not

RBI could be tempted to cut policy rate to support growth at its bi-monthly review.

BSE Sensex falls 36.21 pts, Sesa Sterlite share price biggest loser, Maruti Suzuki tops as gainer

Jan 29 2014, 21:17 IST
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BSE Sensex falls over 36 points to close at 20,647.30. (PTI) BSE Sensex falls over 36 points to close at 20,647.30. (PTI)
SummaryBSE Sensex index falls for fourth session even as ICICI Bank shares plunged post-results.

Markets continued to decline for the fourth day as BSE Sensex closed marginally in the red territory. The 30-share index was down 0.18% or 36.21 points lower at 20,647.30 points.

Earlier, BSE Sensex had gained as much as 0.7% as Turkey's decision to hike interest rates stirred hopes that the move would stem the sell-off being seen in emerging markets. On Tuesday, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) decided to raise its repo rate by 25 basis points.

Among sectoral indices, BSE Metal Index was down 1.35%, BSE Realty Index was down 0.58% and BSE Consumer Durables Index was down 0.7%. Among individual stocks, Sesa Sterlite (-3.05%), Tata Steel (-2.21%) and Hindalco Industries Ltd (-1.8%) were the biggest losers on the Sensex. Maruti Suzuki India (7.11%), Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) (3.86%) and Hero Motorcorp (2.85%) were the top gainers.

Meanwhile, most Asian indices were in the green. KOSPI (1.26%), Jakarta Composite (1.74%), Shanghai Composite (0.56%) and Hang Seng (0.82%) traded higher. Meanwhile, Straits Times was down 0.47%.

FIIs have net bought about $75 million worth of Indian shares in January but experts suggest the pace of buying is slowing down. Industry watchers believe that fears of a more aggressive cut in quantitative easing loom, which might impact FII flows to emerging markets such as India.

On Wednesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average had ended up 0.57%, while Nasdaq Composite was up 0.35%

HIGHLIGHTS

* BSE index falls 0.18 pct; NSE ends 0.1 pct lower

* ICICI Bank drags; CEO says bad loans to continue in coming quarters

* Bharti falls on India voice, Africa margins

* Maruti Suzuki rebounds; selloff seen as overdone

NSE Nifty index marks 2-month closing low; Fed key

(Reuters) India's NSE index fell for a fourth consecutive session on Wednesday to its lowest close in two months as banks were hit after biggest Indian private lender ICICI Bank said bad loans had risen and it would set aside more funds.

Indian banks had already fallen 0.3 percent on Tuesday after the Reserve Bank of India surprised investors by raising interest rates for the third time in five months to contain inflation.

The hike in rates did help boost the rupee at a time

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