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Markets fall 1% on growth worries, lenders drop

Markets fall 1% on growth worries, lenders drop
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First Published: Tue, Aug 02 2011. 12 39 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Aug 02 2011. 12 39 PM IST
Mumbai: Shares fell more than 1% on Tuesday as fresh worries about the health of the global economy added to domestic concerns over rising rates and slowing growth.
Software services companies such as Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services , which get most of their revenue from exports, were among the major losers.
Banks also fell on expectation higher borrowing costs would dent demand for loans.
“Global cues are definitely weighing on the market sentiment and retail investors are completely on the sideline because of the uncertainty in the global environment,” said Kishor Ostwal, chairman of brokerage CNI Research.
The main 30-share BSE index shed 1% to 18,131.10 by 10:32 a.m., with all but four of its components declining.
The 50-share NSE index shed 1.01% to 5,461.00. In the broader NSE market, there were more than three losers for every gainer on total volume of about 134 million shares.
“The market is likely to get into a consolidation phase in the short term, and the trigger for this could come from the government announcing some big policy decisions to boost investment and growth in this session of parliament,” Ostwal said.
A five-week parliament session started on Monday and analysts expect the government to introduce reforms bills including allowing foreign investment in supermarkets, freeing fuel prices, slashing subsidies and reforming loss making state-run utilities.
India’s economy showed further signs of slowdown on Monday, when a survey showed July factory expansion the weakest in 20 months, while a top government panel cut its growth forecasts for the fiscal year ending in March to 8.2%.
Private-sector economists expect a sharper slowdown after the central bank raised interest rates by a hefty 50 basis points last week to control high inflation. It was the 11th increase since March last year.
Morgan Stanley became the latest bank to cut its outlook for Asia’s third-largest economy, predicting 2011-12 growth at 7.2% from 7.7% earlier.
Top lender State Bank of India was down 1.2% at 2,316.10 rupees, while ICICI Bank fell 1.4% to 1,031.10 rupees on concerns rising rates would curb credit growth and hit profitability.
The banking sector index was down 1.3%.
Shares in software firms fell after sluggish manufacturing data from the United States, their largest market. Second-biggest software exporter Infosys fell 1.9% to Rs 2,763, while larger rival Tata Consultancy was down 0.7% at Rs 1,127.
The sector index dropped 1.4%.
Elsewhere, the MSCI’s measure of Asian markets other than Japan was down 1.58% and Japan’s Nikkei fell 1.42%.
An 11th hour deal to raise the U.S. debt ceiling cleared its biggest hurdle in the House of Representatives, staving off the prospect of a calamitous default but failing to allay fears Washington could still lose its coveted triple-A credit rating.
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First Published: Tue, Aug 02 2011. 12 39 PM IST
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