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ITC lost over 3% on fears about regulatory action at home after Australia called on the world to match its tough new anti-tobacco marketing laws that will ban logos on cigarette packs.
Shares in India’s software exporters Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services fall after MSCI’s decision to lower their weighting in the MSCI India index.
MSCI also increased the weightage of Housing Development Finance Corp’s in its MSCI India Index by 120 basis points to 7.4%. The changes of MSCI index review would be effective after close of market hours on August 31.
Jet fuel or ATF price was today hiked by over 3.2%, the third straight increase since July, adding to the cost burden of cash-strapped airlines.
The price of aviation turbine fuel (ATF), or jet fuel, in Delhi was hiked by Rs 2,130.17 per kilolitre (kl), or 3.27%, to Rs 67,135.76 per kl, according to Indian Oil Corp, the nation’s largest oil firm. The rate hike comes on back of a steep 4.5% increase in rates effected from August 1 and has wiped off all of the reduction in prices done in May and June.
European markets weak
European stocks and the euro were lower on Thursday after global growth engine China warned its trade outlook was worsening and stronger US data tempered expectations of additional stimulus from the Federal Reserve.
Gold demand at 2-year low
Gold demand fell to its lowest level in more than two years in the second quarter, the World Gold Council said on Thursday, as a drop in buying in major consumers India and China outweighed a record quarter for central bank purchases.
Overall gold consumption fell 7% or nearly 76 tonnes to 990 tonnes in the three months to June, its lowest quarterly level since the first three months of 2010, the WGC said in its quarterly Gold Demand Trends report.
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