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Sensex flat as tariff tussle continues; TCS hits record high


By Krishna V Kurup

(Reuters) - Indian shares were flat on Wednesday as worsening trade tensions between the world's two biggest economies hurt sentiment, while hit an all-time high a day after the company posted a record quarterly net profit.

Broader Asian shares fell due to a sell-off in Chinese markets after the threatened to slap 10 percent tariff on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese goods pushing the two economies ever closer to a full-scale trade war.

MSCI's broadest index of shares outside fell 1.2 percent.

The broader NSE Nifty was 0.03 percent lower at 10,944.35 as of 0618 GMT, while the benchmark BSE Sensex inched down 0.02 percent to 36,233.89.

"Global markets will continue to remain an important factor for our market," said Dhananjay Sinha, head of institutional research,

"With respect to corporate earnings, the numbers might look somewhat better than last year's," he added.

India's biggest software services exporter, TCS, posted a record net profit in June quarter driven by strong growth in its Banking, Financial Services and Insurance unit.

The index rose 1.3 percent led by TCS, up as much as 3.6 percent.

Among the gainers, surged 6.4 percent after it said on Tuesday and Quality Investment Holdings, an arm of global private equity investor Carlyle Group LP, are selling their stakes in the company.

Shares of rose nearly 10 percent on reports Corporation of India's planned acquisition of a majority stake in the may trigger an open offer and preferential allotment.

Meanwhile, took a beating with shares of copper and zinc producers falling as much as 2.9 to 4.3 percent after slumped to their lowest in about a year.

Nifty slipped 3 percent, with and falling 3.5 and 4 percent, respectively.

(Reporting by Krishna V in Bengaluru; Editing by Vyas Mohan)

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 12:18 IST