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The benchmark indices were trading lower after the US Fed decided to slash its monthly bond-buying to $55 billion, its third $10 billion cut.
Experts feel US Fed's decision to further taper its stimulus package could keep markets under pressure. "Markets are expected to open lower as the US Federal Reserve dropped the US unemployment rate as its definitive yardstick for gauging the economy's strength and made clear it would rely on a wide range of measures in deciding when to raise interest rates, and this could be as early as the middle of next year," Standard Chartered Securities said in its morning note.
Among sectoral indices, the BSE Power (-0.94%), BSE Bankex (-0.95%) and BSE Capital Goods (-1.21%) were the major losers. Among individual stocks, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) (-2.42%), Axis Bank (-1.74%) and Gail (-1.69%) were the major losers on the 30-share Sensex.
Among Asian indices, the Nikkei (-1.5%), Hang Seng (-1.13%), Kospi (-0.87%) and Taiwan Taiex (-1.24%) were the major losers.