BENGALURU, March 15 (Reuters) – Indian shares fell 1% on Monday, dragged down by financials, after February retail inflation surged to a three-month high, while a jump in COVID-19 cases also weighed on sentiment.
By 0513 GMT, the blue-chip NSE Nifty 50 index declined 1.02% to 14,877.55, while the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex fell 1.05% to 50,259.50.
A combination of rising COVID-19 cases, a jump in core inflation and a fall in industrial output weighed on market sentiment, according to Aishvarya Dadheech, a fund manager at Ambit Asset Management in Mumbai.
After market hours on Friday, government data showed annual retail inflation rose to 5.03% in February on higher fuel prices, which could pressure the central banks accommodative stance, while core inflation was estimated in a range of 5.61%-5.9% by four economists.
Data also showed industrial output as measured by the Index of Industrial Production contracted 1.6% year-on-year in January.
India is battling a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, led mainly by a renewed surge in the western state of Maharashtra. The country reported this years biggest daily rise in cases of 26,291 on Monday. India is the third-worst affected country globally with 11.39 million cases, behind the United States and Brazil.
Yes Bank Ltd fell as much as 2.8%. The Reserve Bank of India has rejected the lender’s application to set up an asset reconstruction company for bad loans, the Mint newspaper reported bit.ly/3tkAHLi.
The Nifty Bank Index shed 2% after rising 0.76% last week. HDFC Bank Ltd was the top drag on the Nifty 50, falling 1.5%.
In its stock market debut, precision engineering solutions company MTAR Technologies Pvt Ltd opened nearly 83% above its issue price of 575 rupees.
Broader global markets were trading higher, as investors bet on a faster economic recovery after the signing of a $1.9 trillion U.S. stimulus bill into law last week. (Reporting by Anuron Kumar Mitra in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi Aich and Subhranshu Sahu)