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Equities fall over 1%, track Asian peers over inflation worries

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CUE API | Updated on: May 09, 2022

All Nifty 50 stocks were trading lower, with the metal, IT, auto and finance sub-indexes among the top losers, declining 1-2 per cent

Indian shares tumbled over 1 per cent on Friday, tracking a decline in Asian peers as U.S. stocks fell sharply overnight on worries the Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike this week may not be enough to help fight surging inflation.

The NSE Nifty 50 index was down 1.59 per cent at 16,417.65 as of 0352 GMT, while the S&P BSE Sensex fell 1.39 per cent to 54,928.29. The benchmark indexes looked set to fall for a fourth straight week.

All Nifty 50 components were trading lower, with the metal , IT, auto and finance sub-indexes among the top losers, declining between 1 per cent and 2 per cent.

Reliance Industries was down 0.9 per cent. The oil-to-retail conglomerate is expected to report quarterly results later in the day.

Asian stocks fell over concerns that U.S. Federal Reserve and some other major central banks will have to raise interest rates even more aggressively to combat red-hot inflation.

The Fed on Wednesday raised interest rates by half a percentage point as expected and Chair Jerome Powell explicitly ruled out a hike of 75 basis points in the next meeting.

Published on May 09, 2022

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