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Shares ended lower for the second day, weighed down by jittery global stocks on fears of repeat elections in the euro zone's third-largest economy, Italy, with investors trimming exposure to riskier assets.
Benchmark Sensex slipped over 43 points in volatile trade to end at 34,906.11 with no let-up in selling by investors ahead of May derivatives expiry amid weak global cues.
The cut in India's 2018 GDP growth forecast by Moody's also affected sentiment, brokers said.
The 30-share Sensex opened on a bearish note at 34,876.13 and slipped further to hit a low of 34,735.11 largely on sustained foreign fund outflows amid a global sell-off on political uncertainty in Italy and concerns of a possible China-US trade war.
However, short-covering by speculators ahead of May derivatives expiry tomorrow and recovery in the rupee reversed the early losses, with the gauge scaling a high 35,017.45. It finally ended at 34,906.11, down 43.13 points, or 0.12 per cent.
The Sensex swung over 280 points intra-day.
The barometer had lost 216.24 points in the previous session.
The 50-share NSE Nifty too settled 18.95 points, or 0.18 per cent, lower at 10,614.35. During the session, it moved between 10,648.70 and 10,558.45.
Moody's Investors Service today cut India's 2018 growth forecast to 7.3 per cent from the previous estimate of 7.5 per cent, saying the economy is in cyclical recovery but higher oil prices and tighter financial conditions will weigh on the pace of acceleration.
Brokers said the market sentiment was subdued due to lacklustre performance across the Asian markets and overnight losses at the Wall Street, rattled by renewed concerns of a possible China-US trade war and political uncertainty in Italy.
Meanwhile, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth a net of Rs 407.33 crore, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought shares worth Rs 578.38 crore yesterday, provisional data showed.