December 19, 2019 / 4:30 AM / 2 months ago

Nifty, Sensex flat as financials offset IT gains

(Reuters) - Indian shares were largely unchanged on Thursday, with gains in IT stocks offset by losses in financials, as investors awaited fresh cues before making new bets.

A broker reacts while trading at his computer terminal at a stock brokerage firm in Mumbai, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/File Photo

The NSE Nifty 50 Index fell 0.08% to 12,211.50 as on 0400 GMT, while the S&P BSE Sensex index was down 0.09% at 41,515.96.

Shares in broader Asia pulled away from multi-month highs, with the MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipping 0.2%.

Meanwhile, investors are also weighing a decision by U.S. House of Representatives to impeach U.S. President Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

But global market reaction to the development so far has been limited as the Senate is widely expected not to vote to remove Trump from office.

In India, sentiments were also dampened by the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council’s decision on Wednesday to leave tax rates unchanged, as the markets were hoping for a rate cut.

The rupee strengthened by 0.06% to 70.98 against the dollar, while the benchmark 10-year bond yield opened at 6.7160%, versus the previous close of 6.7103%.

The biggest laggard on the NSE Nifty was Yes Bank Ltd, which slipped over 2%.

The Nifty PSU Bank index, which tracks the country’s state-run lenders, slipped 0.6%, with 10 of the 12 stocks on the index trading in the red.

The Nifty IT index rose as much as 0.67%, with HCL Technologies gaining over 1.5%.

Shares in Tata Group companies eked out gains a day after Cyrus Mistry, who had been embroiled in a legal battle with the Group since being ousted in 2016, won backing from a tribunal to be reinstated as executive chairman of its holding company.

Shares of both Tata Consultancy Services and Tata Motors rose over 1%.

Reporting by Chandini Monnappa in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi Aich

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