Here are 5 things to know about Sensex slide today:
Brent crude oil, the international benchmark for oil prices, jumped above $65 per barrel for the first time since 2015 after the shutdown of the Forties North Sea pipeline knocked out significant supply from a market that was already tightening due to OPEC-led production cuts.
Investor remained cautious that higher global crude oil prices would stoke inflation and impact future interest rate decisions by the Reserve Bank of India. PSU oil marketing companies and bank stock weighed on broader NSE index. Investors also remained cautious ahead of the inflation and IIP data to be released today. Retail inflation likely breached the RBI's 4 per cent medium-term target in November after unseasonably heavy rains sent food prices soaring, a Reuters poll showed
RBI last week kept its policy rate steady at 6 per cent as widely expected, but slightly softened its language on inflation by saying risks were "evenly balanced."
The Nifty Bank index fell over 1 per cent after gaining 2.2 per cent in the last three sessions. ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, and HDFC Bank fell over 1 per cent while oil marketers Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd, Indian Oil and Bharat Petroleum Corporation lost as much as 2-4 per cent. (With Agency Inputs)
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