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Indian shares end lower, clock best quarter so far this year

  • The blue-chip NSE Nifty 50 index ended 0.53% lower at 17,618.15 on Thursday, while the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex fell 0.48% to 59,126.36
Published September 30, 2021

BENGALURU: Indian shares closed lower for a third straight session on Thursday, dragged by metals and private banking stocks, but they recorded this year's best quarterly gain and a fifth consecutive monthly jump.

The blue-chip NSE Nifty 50 index ended 0.53% lower at 17,618.15 on Thursday, while the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex fell 0.48% to 59,126.36.

For the quarter, the indexes climbed more than 12% each and marked their sixth straight quarterly gain. An accommodative monetary policy and easing COVID-19 curbs boosted shares to record highs and helped them outperform Asian peers.

On a monthly basis, the main indexes jumped more than 2.7% each in September.

Indian shares snap winning run as tech, banking losses weigh

On Thursday, however, broader concerns about a global economic recovery, expectations of tighter US monetary policy, risks from a power crunch in China and a possible default by China Evergrande weighed on the markets.

The derivatives expiry - that happens on the last Thursday of every month - also added to selling pressure, said Anita Gandhi, director at Arihant Capital Markets.

Private banks fell for a third straight session. Axis Bank dropped 2% to lead losses on the subindex.

Metal stocks also fell to snap three sessions of gains, with Hindustan Zinc sliding over 3%.

Public banks advanced, driven by Indian Overseas Bank after the country's central bank took it out of the prompt corrective action framework.

Media stocks also slipped, on losses in takeover target Zee Entertainment, a day after its top shareholders approached the company law tribunal asking the firm to hold an extraordinary general meeting.

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