Sensex falls 31 points in early trade ahead of RBI policy meet

Sensex

The BSE benchmark Sensex fell by nearly 31 points in early trade today as funds and investors adopted a cautious approach ahead of RBI policy meeting amid a weak Asian trend.

The 30-share barometer fell by 30.86 points, or 0.15 per cent, to 20,072.49 with stocks of oil and gas, consumer durable and realty trading in the negative.

The wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty declined by 7 points, or 0.12 per cent, to 6,067.80.

Brokers said restricted commitments by participants ahead of the Reserve Bank of India's monetary policy review, to be announced later today, and a weak Asian trend mainly influenced the trading sentiments.

In the Asian region, Japan's Nikkei Index fell by 0.68 per cent, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng index declined by 0.07 per cent in early trade. The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.10 per cent lower yesterday.

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Nifty futures on the Singapore Exchange fell 0.09 percent. The MSCI-Asia Pacific index, excluding Japan was up 0.7 percent.

Asian shares rose on Tuesday after solid U.S. data, but investors remained cautious ahead of more U.S. economic reports and a Federal Reserve policy decision later in the week.

The S&P 500 eased slightly on Monday after an eight-day run of gains, while the Nasdaq edged higher as Apple shares rebounded.

FACTORS TO WATCH

RBI's policy review (decision at 0530 GMT)

Earnings: Idea Cellular Ltd, Reliance Capital Ltd, Sterlite Industries (India) Ltd

FINANCIAL/REGULATORY

India's central bank said a sustained commitment to contain the fiscal and current account deficits was needed to create room for monetary easing.

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