Sensex, Nifty end flat as trade war worries resurface

Posted April 08, 2018

In the February meeting, the bank's Monetary Policy Committee had voted for a pause in the monetary policy with the exception of RBI executive director Michael Patra who voted for a 25 basis points hike. "The RBI has left the repo rate unchanged at 6% as was widely expected".

A number of stocks from other severely battered sectors too opened on a firm note and are still adding gains. The trend continued when the market opened today and bank stocks kept moving higher and higher as the session progressed. Meanwhile, the Nifty was trading higher by 189.80 points or 1.87% at 10,318.20 with 46 components gaining.

Back home, after a flat start, key benchmark indices were set to continue their jubilant run.

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Closer home, benchmark indexes Sensex and the Nifty gave up early gains to end down more than 1 percent on Wednesday amid persisting worries about global trade war.

The NSE Nifty50 declined by 116.60 points or 1.14 per cent to close at 10,128.40 points, while the Sensex closed at 33,019.07 points - down 351.56 points or 1.05 per cent.

The benchmark Sensex of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) shed almost 100 points in early hours of trade today on profit booking by participants, ignoring a firm trend at other Asian stocks.

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MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan lost 0.25 percent.

The tension could also be felt on the Chinese yuan, which suffered its biggest daily fall versus the dollar in two weeks.

Nasdaq closed in green, up by 1.43 per cent while FTSE 100 was also up by 0.05 per cent at the closing on Wednesday.

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US stocks rebounded from early losses to end sharply higher overnight amid bets that a full-blown trade war between the world's two biggest economies can be averted despite the tit-for-tat tariff threats. The FTST 100 of the United Kingdom remained nearly unchanged.