At the domestic stock markets, key indices fell for the second day, today; but the Rupee appreciated marginally against the US Dollar. In the international markets, Brent crude oil prices continued to trade above USD 66 a barrel.
AIR Correspondent reports, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange lost 338 points, or 0.7 per cent, to close at 49,565, today. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange slid 124 points, or 0.8 per cent, to end at 14,906.
In global equity markets, key indices in Asia Pacific were little changed and ended mixed. So China’s Shanghai Composite index shed 0.1 per cent; Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell 0.5 per cent and South Korea’s Kospi index slipped 0.3 per cent. But Japan’s Nikkei-225 index gained 0.2 per cent and Singapore’s Straits Times index ended marginally higher.
In Europe, London’s FTSE-100 had gained 0.5 per cent; France’s CAC-40 had risen 0.9 per cent and Germany’s DAX had climbed 1 per cent, intra-day trade.
In the international market, global crude prices fell after diplomats said progress was made towards a deal to lift sanctions on Iran, which could boost crude supply. So, Brent crude futures slipped 36 cents, to trade at USD 66.30 a barrel. US crude futures fell 23 cents, to USD 63.13 a barrel.
Back Home, gold rose Rs 237, to Rs 47,994 per ten grams at Delhi’s bullion market today on firm global cues. Silver gained Rs 153, to Rs 71,421 per kilo.
At the forex market, the Rupee gained 7 paise, to Rs 73.10, against the US Dollar.