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Nifty, Sensex muted ahead of inflation data


By Paul

(Reuters) - Indian shares were little changed in a low-volume trading on Tuesday, as investors awaited a key inflation data due later in the day.

A poll of 30 economists predicted consumer price inflation (CPI) to have accelerated to 2.48 percent in January, from 2.19 percent in December.

If the consensus estimate is met, it would mark the sixth month in a row where inflation was below the Reserve Bank of India's medium-term target of 4 percent.

The RBI unexpectedly lowered interest rates at its monetary policy meeting on Thursday after a slide in inflation rate, with hinting at further rate cuts if inflation remained muted.

Analysts also suggested that markets were feeling the effect of tepid corporate earnings in the December quarter.

"Earnings have been mixed for Q3. Though the companies posted revenue above or in-line with consensus estimates, margins were missed by many companies," said Anupam Singhi, chief operations officer, Marketsmith India, a part of investment advisory India.

"Disappointing earning growth is leading to current market underperformance."

Auto reported a 269.93 billion-rupee ($3.80 billion) loss last Friday while Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd's profit shrunk 11 percent.

The broader NSE Nifty was steady at 10,887.1 as of 0531 GMT, while the benchmark BSE Sensex was barely changed at 36,384.13.

NSE's IT index, which includes and TCS, fell 1.60 percent. Both and traded 2 percent lower.

Metal and mineral stocks were among the gainers, with jumping more than 4 percent after a strong quarterly performance and advancing 2 percent ahead of its December-quarter results.

Earlier, Reliance General Insurance Co Ltd, owned by Reliance Capital Ltd, filed for an initial public offering consisting of a fresh issue of shares worth up to 2 billion rupees.

($1 = 70.9810 Indian rupees)

(Reporting By Paul in Bengaluru; Editing by Shreejay Sinha)

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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 11:16 IST