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Sensex slips after four sessions of gains; financials top losers


By Sridhar

(Reuters) - Indian shares came off one-month highs to trade slightly lower on Wednesday after four straight sessions of gains, dragged by financials and companies (OMCs).

Sentiment was also subdued on concerns that inflation worries could resurface on the back of rising Brent crude futures surged more than 3 percent on Tuesday to their highest since late 2014, at $71.34 a barrel.

"Rising will bring back inflation worries and currency fluctuations are something to be looked into following the easing up of trade tensions, especially with being the largest reserve for dollars," said R.K. Gupta, of

Chinese and U.S. both struck conciliatory tones on Tuesday, which analysts hoped could open the door for negotiations to avert a trade war.

"We will see stock-specific movements as earnings come in," said Gupta. will kick-start the January-March corporate results season on Friday.

Investors await March data due on Thursday for cues about the economy. likely eased to a five-month low in March as increases in slowed once again but remained above the central bank's medium-term target, a poll found.

The Nifty was down 0.18 percent at10,383.05 as of 0545 GMT, while the Sensex was 0.07 percent lower at 33,856.84.

The Nifty may retest support near the 9,950 level, according to technical analysis.

Financials were the top losers with the index down 2 percent after gaining more than 7 percent in the last four sessions.

ICICI Ltd dropped as much as 2.2 percent and of India declined 2.5 percent, heading for their first session of fall in five.

OMCs slumped following reports that the government is asking these firms to absorb price hikes. plunged over 7 percent, while both and dropped over 5 percent.

(Reporting by in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)

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