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Nifty, Sensex fall in line with Asia; metals falter


By Krishna V Kurup

(Reuters) - Indian shares edged lower on Wednesday tracking broader Asian markets, after Wall Street's tumble due to a sharp fall in long-term yields and resurgent trade concerns sparked worries about global economic growth.

Global equities have been shaken as a flattening yield curve fans worries about a recession, and on growing doubts that and will be able to clinch a substantive trade deal during a temporary cease-fire agreed at the weekend.

MSCI's broadest index of shares outside fell 1.5 percent.

Domestic investors also remained cautious ahead of outcome of the central bank's monetary policy meeting later in the day, with analysts and economists expecting it to leave interest rates unchanged to support the economy.

A poll of 70 economists predicted the Reserve of India's monetary policy committee would hold its repo rate steady this week, and predicted only one more increase, most likely in March.

There are now clearer economic reasons to avoid going higher, analysts said. A pause in rate hikes would also be welcomed by Narendra Modi's ruling party as it prepares for an election next year.

The broader NSE declined 0.76 percent to 10,787.40 as of 0622 GMT, while the benchmark BSE Sensex fell 0.68 percent to 35,888.83

The market is following the decline in the U.S. market, which led to weakness in the Asian markets as well. Investors are also awaiting the Reserve of India's policy meet outcome, said Krish Subramanyam, co-head, at

"I see this more as some sort of profit taking across the board. Metals are under more selling pressure which may continue."

Only eight out of the 50 stocks on the were in the green, with ITC Ltd's stock being the biggest drag on the index, declining 2.1 percent.

Metals stocks lost shine, with posting its worst intraday fall since Oct 11. The index lost as much as 3.5 percent.

Shares of Ltd and were among the top losers on the indexes, falling up to 4.5 and 3.7 percent, respectively.

shares fell as much as 3.5 percent after cut credit rating for the automaker and its British luxury car unit (JLR), citing weaker-than-expected profitability at JLR and uncertainties from Brexit.

Among losers, shares of integrated and power company hit their lowest since April, 2017, after attached its properties worth 1.17 billion rupees ($16.60 million) in coal block allocation case.

($1 = 70.5000 Indian rupees)

(Reporting by in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi Aich)

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 12:17 IST