Sensex tanks 250 points to close at 35,884 as RBI leaves repo rate unchanged; Nifty falls 84 points

Mumbai: Benchmark equity indices fell for the second straight day on Wednesday as the RBI left the repo rate unchanged while global markets suffered a sell-off as concerns over the US-China trade war resurfaced.

The BSE Sensex tumbled 249.90 points, or 0.69 percent, to close at 35,884.41. Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty fell 84.55 points, or 0.74 percent, to end at 10,784.95.

The fall in domestic equities was led by metal, pharma, auto and banking stocks.

The Reserve Bank of India on Wednesday left the repo rate unchanged while maintaining the stance of 'calibrated tightening' of policy.

Representational image. Reuters.

Representational image. Reuters.

The key rate remains at 6.5 percent. This is for the second time in a row that the central bank did not tinker with the interest rate.

Weakness in the rupee against the US dollar also weighed on domestic stocks. The local unit fell 11 paise to 70.60 against the US dollar intra-day.

Global investor sentiment turned weak after uncertainty over negotiations between the US and China on their trade dispute.

US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping had agreed to a truce at the G20 meet.

Trump, however, muddied the waters by suggesting the possibility of an extension of trade talks.

"The negotiations with China have already started. Unless extended, they will end 90 days" from Saturday, Trump tweeted.

On a net basis, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth Rs 55.89 crore on Tuesday, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) were net sellers to the tune of Rs 521.38 crore, provisional data available with BSE showed.

Brent crude, the international benchmark, was trading 0.53 percent lower at $61.75 per barrel.

Elsewhere in Asia, Korea's Kospi fell 0.62 percent, Japan's Nikkei dropped 0.53 percent, Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 1.62 percent and Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.61 percent.

In Europe, Frankfurt's DAX shed 0.91 percent and Paris' CAC 40 fell 0.97 percent. London's FTSE too slipped 0.95 percent.

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Updated Date: Dec 05, 2018 16:27:54 IST

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