Indian shares weighed down by FMCG, IT stocks; ICICI Bank hits record high

Bengaluru, October 25 (Reuters): Indian shares inched lower on Monday, dragged by consumer and information technology stocks, while banks scaled a record high after strong quarterly earnings from private lender ICICI Bank.

The blue-chip NSE Nifty 50 index (.NSEI) was down 0.2% at 18,088 by 0355 GMT, while the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex (.BSESN) fell 0.1% to 60,775.46.

Shares of ICICI Bank (ICBK.NS) rose 7.1%, helping the Nifty bank index (.NSEBANK) reach a fresh high, after the lender posted an about 25% surge in quarterly profit on Saturday.

The bank index rose 1.1%, while the fast moving consumer goods index (.NIFTYFMCG) and the IT sub-index (.NIFTYIT) fell 1% and 0.9%, respectively.

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Source: Reuters