In Asian markets, meanwhile, Seoul ended in the green while Tokyo settled lower. Benchmark indices Sensex and Nifty retreated from record levels and closed lower in a volatile trade on Thursday due to profit-taking in financials, IT and oil shares after a two-day rally and negative trends in the US and European markets. The 30-share BSE Sensex fell by 284.26 points or 0.45 per cent to settle at 63,238.89. The BSE benchmark hit an intra-day all-time peak of 63,601.71 in initial deals. However, the benchmark index faced volatile trends and declined 322.52 points or 0.50 per cent to a low of 63,200.63 during the day. The NSE Nifty closed lower by 85.60 points or 0.45 per cent to end at 18,771.25. From the Sensex pack, Bajaj Finance, Tata Motors, Asian Paints, Power Grid, NTPC, Infosys, Nestle, Reliance Industries and Ultra Tech Cement were the biggest laggards. Larsen & Toubro, Tata Steel, HDFC, Bharti Airtel, HDFC Bank and Mahindra & Mahindra were among the major gainers. “A negative trigger, from the global perspective, is the Fed chief Powell’s statement in the Congressional testimony yesterday that ‘the process of getting inflation back to 2% has a long way to go’. This indicates further rate hikes, perhaps two more, in this rate hiking cycle,” said V K Vijayakumar, Chief Investment Strategist at Goji Financial Services. In Asian markets, Seoul ended in the green while Tokyo settled lower. Equity markets in Europe were trading lower. The US markets ended in negative territory on Wednesday. Global oil benchmark Brent crude declined 1.39 per cent to USD 76.05 a barrel. Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) bought equities worth ₹4,013.10 crore on Wednesday, according to exchange data. The BSE benchmark climbed 195.45 points or 0.31 per cent to settle at a record closing high of 63,523.15 on Wednesday. The Nifty advanced 40.15 points or 0.21 per cent to end at its lifetime closing peak of 18,856.85.
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