The benchmark BSE Sensex dropped
about 72 points in early trade today, on fresh spell of
selling by investors, taking weak cues from other Asian
markets on escalating geopolitical tensions after North
Korea's latest nuclear test yesterday.
The 30-share index slipped by 71.65 points or 0.22 per
cent to 31,820.58. The gauge had gained 503.84 points in the
previous three sessions.
The NSE Nifty fell by 21.85 points, or 0.21 per cent, to
Brokers said apart from profit booking in recent gainers
by investors, a weak trend in Asian markets on mounting
geopolitical tensions after North Korea said it had
successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, pulled down the indices.
Major losers among Sensex components were Adani Ports, Dr
Reddy's, Kotak Bank, Asian Paint, Sun Pharma, Infosys, HDFC
Bank, Bharti Airtel, L&T, Hind Unilever, Hero MotoCorp, NTPC,
HDFC Ltd, M&M and Tata Steel, losing by up to 1.88 per cent.
Among other Asian markets, Japan's Nikkei was down 0.86
per cent while Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 0.49 per cent in
early trade. Shanghai Composite Index, however, was marginally
up by 0.08 per cent.
The US Dow Jones ended 0.18 per cent higher in Friday's
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