Asia Check Asian shares fell on Thursday, weighed down by a plunge in high-flying tech shares on fears that a long boom in micro-chips may have peaked, while virtual currency bitcoin steadied after a roller-coaster ride in the previous session. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dropped 1.3%, with technology bellwether Samsung Electronics falling 4.3% to two-month lows and Taiwan’s TSMC down 3.6%. Japan's Nikkei reversed early losses to end 0.6% higher, though the country's electronic machinery makers index was down 1.5%. Top Sectoral loser Source: NSE Sectoral Trend Source: NSE Top gainers and losers on BSE Sensex Source: BSE Broader Markets In broader makrets, the BSE midcap saw the biggest single ay fall in 2 weeks, ending 0.6% lower, While the BSE Smallcap index was a little changed. Markets at Close Benchmark indices ended lower with the Nifty50 settling below 10,250 and Sensex down over 450 points, the biggest single day fall in 2 months in Thursday's session after Apr-Oct fiscal deficit was reported at Rs 5.25 lakh crore, 96.1% of FY18 budget target. The S&P BSE Sensex ended at 33,149, down 453 points while the broader Nifty50 index settled at 1,226, down 134 points.
Apr-Oct spending was at Rs 12.92 lakh cr vs Rs 11.50 lakh cr (YoY), while the Apr-Oct receipts at Rs 7.67 lakh cr vs Rs 7.27 lakh cr (YoY)
Investors also remained cautious ahead of the derivatives expiry of November series and September quarter GDP data due today. Negative trend seen in Asian markets after a plunge in high-flying technology shares also hurt sentiment.