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Indian shares fall as financials drag, inflation hits three-month high

Reuters/Bengaluru
Filed on March 15, 2021 | Last updated on March 19, 2021 at 01.33 pm

NSE Nifty 50 index fell 0.77% to 14,914.50 and S&P BSE Sensex fell 0.77% to 50,401.72 by 0352 GMT.

Indian shares fell on Monday, dragged down by heavyweight financial stocks, after data showed that the country’s retail inflation jumped to a three-month high in February, while a fresh surge in Covid-19 cases also weighed on sentiment.

The blue chip NSE Nifty 50 index fell 0.77 per cent to 14,914.50 and the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex fell 0.77 per cent to 50,401.72 by 0352 GMT.

Government data on Friday showed India’s annual retail inflation rose 5.03 per cent in February on higher fuel prices, above the 4.83 per cent forecast in a Reuters’ poll, though remaining within the central bank’s targeted range.

Also, India on Sunday reported this year’s biggest daily rise in Covid-19 cases. The country is the third-worst affected globally with 11.36 million cases, behind the United States and Brazil.

Shares of Yes Bank Ltd fell 1.9 per cent. The Reserve Bank of India has rejected the lender's application to set up an asset reconstruction company for bad loans, the Mint newspaper reported.

The Nifty Bank Index, which rose 0.76 per cent last week, shed 1.50 per cent. HDFC Bank Ltd was the top drag on Nifty 50, falling 1.3 per cent.

Broader global markets were trading higher, as investors bet on a faster economic recovery after the signing of a $1.9 trillion U.S. stimulus bill into law last week.

Reuters also reported on Monday that India would propose a law banning cryptocurrencies, citing a senior government official.





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