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Sensex dips over Korea tension

A broker watches a TV news channel as another monitors share prices at a brokerage firm in Mumbai Photograph: (Reuters)

Reuters Bengaluru, Karnataka, India Aug 09, 2017, 08.51 AM (IST)

Indian shares fell for a third consecutive session on Wednesday, dragged down by financial and healthcare stocks, as escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula hit regional markets.

Asian shares and US stock futures slipped after Pyongyang said it is considering plans to attack Guam, just hours after US President Donald Trump told North Korea that any threat to the United States would be met with "fire and fury."

Analysts said any fall in domestic equities could be limited. Shares have hit records highs this year on prospects of improving earnings and economic and fiscal reforms from the government.

"Global news flow is weighing heavy on the markets. I don't think there is more than 4-5 pct downside from the levels we've seen recently," said Gaurang Shah, head investment strategist, Geojit Financial Services.

The broader NSE Nifty was down 0.29 per cent at 9,949.50 as of 0528 GMT, while the benchmark BSE Sensex was 0.38 per cent lower at 31,893.61.

Drugmaker Sun Pharmaceutical Industries' shares slumped as much as 5 per cent to their lowest in over four years after unit Taro Pharmaceutical Industries June-qtr profit halved to $54.5 million.

The Nifty Pharma index fell as much as 2.2 per cent to its lowest in over two months.

Nifty Bank index was trading 0.5 per cent lower, after falling nearly a per cent in the last two sessions.

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