Stock markets rise on Karnataka results

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The Sensex has touched a high of 35,993.53 points and a low of 35,497.92 points in the trade so far.

Extending its fall for the second straight session, the Nifty slumped 10,741.10, down 60.75 points or 0.56 per cent to end the day at 10,741.10 while the Sensex fell 156.06 points or 0.44 per cent to end the day at 35,387.88.

Later, it met with profit-booking at higher levels and slipped in the negative zone to hit a low of 35497.92, before settling 12.77 points, or 0.04 per cent to 35543.94. Narayana Hrudayalaya Limited now has a total float of 204.36 million shares and on average sees 98,051 shares exchange hands each day. Thus, going ahead, yesterday's high of 10,929.20 can be termed as a near term peak.

Apart from political uncertainty in Karnataka, a weak trend in other Asian bourses following overnight losses at the Wall Street dampened sentiments, brokers said. Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 0.49 percent while Japan's Nikkei was down by 0.38 percent in early trade on Wednesday. North Korea canceled high-level talks with Seoul, denouncing military exercises between South Korea and the United States, breaking from several months of easing relations on the peninsula.

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ICICI Bank (down 2.42%), Hero MotoCorp (down 2.35%), Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (down 1.65%), State Bank of India (down 1.29%) and ONGC (down 0.98%), were the major Sensex losers.

All sectors are in the green list, with banks and metals leading the charge while the broader markets underperformed front-liners, with the Nifty Midcap rising 0.4 percent. The market capitalisation of listed firms on the NSE stood at Rs 1,47,45,721.30 crore.

Narayana Hrudayalaya Limited operates a network of hospitals. The tribunal admitted the petition on Tuesday which could potentially result in delaying RCom's plans to sell assets to lighten its debt load.

This is the lowest closing for the rupee since January 24, 2017 when it had ended at 68.15 against the U.S. dollar.

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The SEC has also prohibited political parties from bringing out victory rallies till the entire counting process is completed. There were reports of isolated clashes on Wednesday as well, when re-poll took place in as many as 573 booths.

Meanwhile, the bond market also witnessed carnage with the yield on the benchmark 10-year government bond maturing in 2028 surging to 7.90 per cent from 7.83 per cent last week.

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], May 15: As counting is underway in Karnataka, market indices soared in Tuesday morning trade.

Indian shares ended lower on Monday, with sentiment hurt as state-run lenders.

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