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Sensex falls; North Korea tensions weigh


By Vishal Sridhar

- Indian fell on Friday, tracking Asian markets lower, as geopolitical tensions following another missile launch by North Korea dampened sentiment and as profit taking was seen in recent outperformers such as banks and pharma

Asian ex-Japan and U.S. stock futures dipped after Pyongyang fired a missile over Japan into the Pacific Ocean on Friday, demonstrating the reclusive state's defiance in the face of intensifying sanctions.

"The market sentiment is subdued following (North Korea's) missile launch and also consolidation seems to be happening across sectors, including pharma and banks," said Gaurang Shah, head investment strategist at Geojit Financial Services.

The broader NSE was down 0.36 percent at 10,050.15, while the benchmark BSE was 0.26 percent lower at 32,156.74 as of 0551 GMT.

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd and Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd, which gained in the last three sessions, fell 1.5 percent and 1.1 percent, respectively.

The Pharma Index was down 0.9 percent, on track to break its three-day winning streak.

Private lender Axis Bank Ltd fell 1.3 percent after gaining more than 2 percent this month up to Thursday's close.

The Bank Index was 0.3 percent lower, and was set to post its first loss this week.

State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp Ltd however rose as much as 4.4 percent, the top percentage gainer on the NSE index, and in line to snap a three-session losing run.

of Max Financial Services Ltd surged as much as 4.8 percent after at least seven block deals took place on the BSE early in the session.

(Reporting by Vishal Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Biju Dwarakanath)

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First Published: Fri, September 15 2017. 11:54 IST