BSE Sensex lost further ground Friday morning by declining 43 points on sustained capital outflows by foreign funds and selling by retail investors amid continued sell-off in global markets, reeling under fear that market favourite Hillary Clinton may lose US election.
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However, a four-tier GST rate structure decided by the all-powered GST council on Thursday had positive impact and minimised fall in the key indices. The 30-share Sensex moved down by another 42.53 points, or 0.15 per cent, to trade at 27,387.75 in early trade. Stocks of healthcare, capital goods, auto, realty and software exporters were trading in the negative zone with losses up to 3.55 per cent.
The gauge had lost 511.23 points in the previous four sessions. On similar lines, the NSE Nifty fell by 14.80 points, or
0.17 per cent to 8,470.15. Meanwhile, a four-tier GST tax structure of 5, 12, 18 and 28 per cent that aims to lower tax incidence on most goods and keep out essential items was decided by a high-powered council on Thursday — a major breakthrough for rollout of the Goods and Services Tax regime from April 1 next year.
Big losers that dragged down the indices were Sun Pharma, Dr Reddy’s, Lupin, L&T, Maruti Suzuki, Cipla, Hero MotoCorp, Tata Motors, M&M, Bharti Airtel and Wipro. Bucking the trend, shares of ITC Ltd and Hind Unilever
rose by 5.70 per cent and 3.01 per cent, respectively. Brokers said sentiment remained weak as participants indulged
in cutting their bets, tracking a falling trend in global market as investors fret over next week’s US president
In the Asian region, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 0.32 per cent, while China’s Shanghai Composite index shed 0.08 per cent in early trade today. Japan’s Nikkei fell 1.44 per cent. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.16 per cent
lower on Thursday.