Sensex down 51 points in early trade
Extending losses for the third straight session, the benchmark BSE Sensex fell over 51 points in early trade on Tuesday on sustained selling by funds, tracking mixed Asian cues and weakening rupee amidst tension in Iraq that led to rise in global crude prices.
The 30-share index, which had lost 385.73 points in the previous two sessions, fell by another 51.25 points, or 0.20 per cent, to 25,139.23 in early trade with FMCG, realty, power, banking, oil and gas, capital goods and PSU sector stocks leading the fall. The broader Nifty of the National Stock Exchange too moved down by 4.95 points, or 0.07 per cent, to 7,528.60.
Rising prices of essential food items like vegetables, fruits and cereals, pushed up inflation to a five-month high of 6.01 per cent in May. Continued selling by foreign funds and retail investors largely after the rupee weakened to a fresh six-week low of Rs 60.50 also dampened the trading sentiments here.
In other Asian markets, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell by 0.27 per cent, while Japan’s Nikkei moved up by 0.50 per cent in early trade on Tuesday. The U.S. Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.03 per cent higher in Monday’s trade.