Equities reversed a three-session winning run today after the US Fed raised interest rates and struck a hawkish stance, souring appetite for emerging market assets.
Trading sentiment was further dented after official data showed wholesale inflation shot up to a 14-month high of 4.43 per cent in May, while the current account deficit (CAD) jumped over three times to USD 48.7 billion, or 1.9 per cent of the GDP, in FY18.
The BSE Sensex tumbled over 139 points to finish at 35,599.82. The broader NSE Nifty shed 48.65 points to 10,808.05.
Global markets reeled after the US Fed raised its key interest rate by 0.25 per cent yesterday, the second increase of the year, and signalled two more hikes in 2018 and four in 2019.
Investors are also awaiting European Central Bank's policy rate decision.
The Sensex saw a slightly better start and advanced to a high of 35,749.88, but soon turned lower in line with a weak trend at other Asian markets. It finally finished 139.34 points, or 0.39 per cent, lower at 35,599.82.
The gauge had risen by 295.49 points in the past three sessions.
Likewise, the broader NSE Nifty dropped by 48.65 points, or 0.45 per cent to 10,808.05 after shuttling between 10,773.55 and 10,833.70.
Meanwhile, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth a net Rs 70.77 crore, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought equities to the tune of Rs 486.78 crore yesterday, as per provisional data.
"The flurry of central bank meetings has kept global markets on the backfoot, dragging Indian markets lower.
"WPI rising to a 14-month high and a widening CAD, both largely on account of rising crude, also kept sentiments low, but sectoral cues continued to keep markets optimistic, with pharma bucking the trend and rising nearly 2 per cent," said Anand James, Chief Market Strategist, Geojit Financial Services.
ICICI Bank was the biggest loser in the Sensex pack, slumping 2.11 per cent, followed by TCS at 1.75 per cent.
Other laggards included Adani Ports 1.75 per cent, SBI 1.72 per cent, Axis Bank 1.52 per cent, NTPC 1.22 per cent, ONGC 0.88 per cent, L&T 0.87 per cent, Wipro 0.82 per cent, Tata Motors 0.78 per cent, Bajaj Auto 0.68 per cent and Infosys 0.55 per cent.
Sectorally, BSE IT index fell the most at 1.40 per cent, followed by teck 1.32 per cent, PSU 1.05 per cent, consumer durables 0.89 per cent, capital goods 0.81 per cent, oil and gas 0.69 per cent, infrastructure 0.65 per cent, power 0.63 per cent and bankex 0.48 per cent.
Healthcare rose 1.47 per cent and auto 0.05 per cent.
The broader markets depicted a mixed trend, with the mid-cap index shedding 0.08 per cent and the small-cap inching up 0.07 per cent.
Most Asian markets ended lower, tracking overnight losses at the Wall Street.
Japan's Nikkei fell 0.97 per cent, Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 0.92 per cent and Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.17 per cent.
In Europe, Frankfurt's DAX and Paris CAC 40 fell by up to 0.70 per cent. London's FTSE too was down 0.67 per cent.
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