1:30 pm Asian market: Japan's Nikkei share average ended almost flat as profit-taking set in after it had hit a 15-year high earlier ahead of central bank policy meetings in Japan and the United States later this week. The Nikkei share average closed at 19,246.06, having peaked at 19,349.20 in early trade as investors bought banks and other domestic demand oriented shares. Investors took profits in recent gainers such as drugmakers, rubber product makers and railway and truck companies.
The market is still under selling pressure. The Sensex is down 57.96 points at 28445.34, and the Nifty is down 17.50 points at 8630.25. About 915 shares have advanced, 1765 shares declined, and 170 shares are unchanged.
Infosys, Bajaj Auto, Wipro, HDFC Bank and Sun Pharma are top gainers in the Sensex while Sesa Sterlite, NTPC, HDFC, Hindalco and Bharti Airtel are laggards.
Meanwhile, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said the global economic recovery remains "too slow, too brittle and too lopsided", singling out divergences in monetary policy as a risk that could cause financial market volatility.
Christine Lagarde reiterated the IMF's forecast that, more than six years after the global financial crisis, the world economy would grow by just 3.5 percent this year and 3.7 percent in 2016. More information please visit this site www.shristocktips.com