Sensex, Nifty End Lower As RBI Fails to Cut Interest Rates

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The Sensex and the Nifty dropped in trade as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) held interest rates steady even while not providing any definite guidance on interest rate cuts going ahead.

The Sensex ended the day with losses of 122 points, while the Nifty closed the day with losses of 40 points. Leading the set of losers from the Nifty and the Sensex were banking stocks which came in for some selling pressure.

Sensex, Nifty End Lower As RBI Fails to Cut Interest Rates
Sensex28,077.18Sensex Quote-52.66 [0.19%]
Nifty8,693.05Nifty Quote-6.35 [0.07%]
Shares in Punjab National Bank was the worst affected as the company saw its asset quality deteriorating further. The stock ended the day a huge 7 per cent lower in trade. Axis Bank was the other stocks that saw deep cuts in trading and ended the day lower by 3 per cent. HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank were the other losers in trade.

Stocks that gained ground in trade were Reliance Industries which rallied for a second day in a row along with Reliance Industries, Tata Motors, ONGC, TCS and ITC.

Mid cap stocks also came under intense selling pressure with stocks like Voltas, Unitech and UPL among the losers.

Meanwhile, markets across Europe were trading higher after reports that Greece would return to the table for negotiations. Most Asian markets ended the day mixed with the Shanghai Composite gaining a huge 2.3 per cent in trade.

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Story first published: Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 14:10 [IST]
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