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Sensex, Nifty fall after Wall Street selloff, banks weigh

Reuters
Filed on September 4, 2020
Wall Street, Indian shares

(Reuters)

Indian stocks are on track for a weekly loss after two weeks of gains.

Indian shares fell on Friday after a selloff in high-flying technology stocks on Wall Street rippled across Asian markets, with conglomerate Reliance Industries Ltd and financial stocks also weighing on the main indexes.

The selloff was broad based, with almost all major sector indexes trading lower. By 0454 GMT, the blue-chip NSE Nifty 50 index fell 1.12 per cent to 11,398.60, while the S&P BSE Sensex slid 1.21 per cent to 38,520.53.

Broader Asian stock markets saw their worst session in two weeks after Wall Street's main indexes marked their steepest losses since June on the back of a tech-led plunge.

Indian stocks are on track for a weekly loss after two weeks of gains. They have rallied more than 50 per cent since a virus-led crash in March, as huge flows of cheap capital provided by global central banks made heavily discounted stocks attractive.

The Nifty bank index fell 1.94 per cent after India's top court on Thursday directed banks not to declare any loans that were standard as of end-August as non-performing until further orders, raising uncertainty over recovery efforts.

The court is set to continue hearing a case on waiving interest rates on loans under a moratorium on September 10.

HDFC Bank Ltd was among the top drags on the Nifty, falling as much as 2.1 per cent.

"The banking industry will have to assess its individual balance sheet dynamics and ultimately wait for clarity from the court order," said Mayuresh Joshi, head of equity research at William O'Neil & Co.

India's most valuable company, Reliance Industries, was another major drag on the Nifty with a 1.7 per cent decline.

Automaker Maruti Suzuki India provided some support to the index with a 1.9 per cent gain.

provided some support to the index with a 1.9 per cent gain.


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