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US stocks drop on dampened market sentiment

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US stocks continued to drop as market sentiment was dampened by mixed economic data and geopolitical concerns.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average on Friday fell 244.56 points, or 0.88 per cent, to 27,657.42. The S&P 500 dropped 37.54 points, or 1.12 per cent, to 3,319.47. The Nasdaq Composite Index decreased 116.99 points, or 1.07 per cent, to 10,793.28, Xinhua reported.

All of the 11 sectors under S&P 500 suffered losses led by real estate, utilities and materials sectors.

US Department of Commerce’s announcement to block downloads of popular TikTok and WeChat apps starting from Sunday underlined policy uncertainties and dampened investors’ sentiment.

Meanwhile, mixed economic data issued on Friday also offer no support to the bulls.

The US posted $170.5 billion of deficit in its current account in the second quarter much higher than $159 billion of market consensus and $111.5 billion in the first quarter of 2020, according to a release by the Department of Commerce on Friday.

The index of leading economic indicators expanded 1.2 per cent month on month in August, lower than 1.3 per cent of market expectation and 2 per cent in July, according to the data issued by the Conference Board on Friday.

Still, US consumer sentiment index rose to 78.9 in September in comparison with 74.1 in August and market expectation of 75, according to preliminary survey results issued by University of Michigan’s Consumer Survey Center on Friday.

US-listed Chinese companies traded mostly lower, with eight of the top 10 stocks by weight in the S&P US Listed China 50 index ending the day on a downbeat note.

“We remain short-term cautious on equities and industrial commodities because the economic recovery is proving underwhelming in many countries and there are a number of potential risks ahead,” said a report issued by macroeconomic research firm MRB Partners.

US bourses are likely to underperform its peers in other countries though a positive economic outcome would appear and global stock markets are expected to move higher ultimately, according to MRB Partners.

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No increase in fuel prices for 2nd consecutive day on Tuesday

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 Petrol and diesel prices remained unchanged for the second consecutive on Tuesday providing relief to consumers who have been facing a regular increase in fuel prices in the past few months taking the retail rates to historic high levels.

With no revision, the price of petrol in Delhi remained Rs 105.84 a litre and Rs 111.77 per litre in Mumbai, according to a price notification of state-owned fuel retailers. In Mumbai, diesel rates also remained static at Rs 102.52 a litre; while in Delhi it costs Rs 94.57, the same as on Sunday.

The price pause comes after the rates rose for four straight days when the rates of both petrol and diesel rose by Rs 1.40 paise per litre. There was no change in the rates also on October 12 and 13.

Diesel prices have increased on 19 out of the last 25 days taking up its retail price by Rs 5.95 per litre in Delhi.

With diesel prices rising sharply, the fuel is now available at over Rs 100 a litre in several parts of the country. This dubious distinction was earlier available to petrol that had crossed Rs 100 a litre-mark across the country a few months earlier.

Petrol prices had maintained stability since September 5, but oil companies finally raised the pump prices last week. Petrol prices have also risen on 16 of the previous 21 days taking up the pump price by Rs 4.65 per litre.

Crude prices have been on a surge rising over a three-year high level of over $ 85.7 a barrel now. It has softened a bit, falling below $ 85 a barrel now. Since September 5, when both petrol and diesel prices were revised, the price of petrol and diesel in the international market is higher by around $9-10 per barrel as compared to the average prices during August.

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Markets open on a positive note

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 The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) on Tuesday opened on a positive note during the morning trade.

The Sensex of the BSE opened at 62,156.48 points and touched a high of 62,159.29 points. The Sensex touched a low of 61,964.41 points.

On Monday, the Sensex closed at 61,765.59 points.

The Sensex is trading at 62,061.59 points, up by 296.00 points or 0.48 per cent.

On the other hand, the broader 50-scrip Nifty at National Stock Exchange (NSE) opened at lower note at 18,602.35 points after closing at 18,477.05 points.

The Nifty is trading at 18,549.55 points in the morning.

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Petrol, diesel prices rise again, burn bigger holes in consumers’ pockets

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 Petrol and diesel price rose again on Friday taking its retail rates to record high levels across the country affecting consumers this festive season.

Accordingly, in the national capital, petrol and diesel prices increased by 35 paisa per litre to Rs 105.14 per litre and Rs 93.87 per litre, respectively.

In India’s financial capital of Mumbai, petrol became costlier by 34 paisa per litre to Rs 111.09 a litre on Friday, the highest across all the four metro cities. Diesel also costs Rs 101.77 for one litre in Mumbai.

The price hike on Friday is for a second consecutive day after the rates remained static on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Diesel prices now have increased on 17 out of the last 21 days taking up its retail price by Rs 5.25 per litre in Delhi.

With diesel price rising sharply, the fuel is now available at over Rs 100 a litre in several parts of the country. This dubious distinction was earlier available to petrol that had crossed Rs 100 a litre mark across the country a few months earlier.

Petrol prices had maintained stability since September 5 but oil companies finally raised its pump prices last week and this week given a spurt in the product prices lately. Petrol prices have also risen on 14 of the previous 17 days taking up its pump price by Rs 3.95 per litre.

OMCs had preferred to maintain their watch prices on global oil situation before making any revision in prices. This is the reason why petrol prices were not revised for last three weeks. But extreme volatility in global oil price movement has now pushed OMCs to effect the increase.

Crude price has been on a surge rising over three year high level of over $84.5 a barrel now. Since September 5 when both petrol and diesel prices were revised, the price of petrol and diesel in the international market is higher by around $9-10 per barrel as compared to average prices during August.

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