Sensex Hits 14-Month Low Following Global Cue

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Mumbai: Registering a new 14-months low The BSE Sensex fell more than 2 percent on Friday, on weak global cues amid caution ahead of a key US jobs report due later in the day.

A strong jobs number could cement optimism on the global economy and boost share prices but it could rekindle speculation of an early rate hike by the Federal Reserve, which could hurt risk assets, particularly in emerging economies.

Asian shares extended losses on Friday as caution over a US jobs report overshadowed signals from the European Central Bank that it is willing to take further steps to shore up the European economy. China’s financial markets were closed on Friday for a national holiday.

“The uncertainty over the US Fed rate hike is spooking global markets and the Nifty is no exception,” said Arun Gopalan, vice president at brokerage Systematix Shares & Stocks.

“We could witness further downside on the Nifty if the Fed hikes rates in September.”

The BSE Sensex was down 1.94 percent after falling as much as 2.22 percent to 25,193.41, its lowest since July 15, 2014. The broader Nifty was 2 percent lower after declining as much as 2.34 percent to 7,639.50, its lowest since Aug. 11, 2014. Both indexes were headed for their fourth straight weekly loss.

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