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India shares fell on Tuesday as investors took a pause after indexes hit record highs in the previous session.

Wall Street ended Monday higher with all three equity indices closing at record highs on talks about potential merger activity, and speculations about Republicans cutting corporate taxes, that would boost earnings.

The positive sentiment spilled over to Asia with MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rising 0.8 percent to a 10-year high.

At 0550 GMT, the S&P BSE Sensex fell 0.26 percent at 33,643 while the broader NSE Nifty lost 0.33 percent to 10,416.

Among the top Sensex losers, Bharati Airtel was down 1.3 percent, Asian Paints lost 1.6 percent, Reliance Industries fell 2.4 percent while ICICI Bank shed 1.2 percent.

Gujarat Gas lost 3 percent after the company reported 12 percent decline in its net profit for September quarter.

IT stocks traded higher: TCS up 1.8 percent, Infosys Ltd rose 2 percent, Wipro Ltd 1.1 percent, Tech Mahindra Ltd rose 1.3 percent, HCL Technologies Ltd 2.1 percent.

MMTC jumped 13 percent while State Trading Corp. of India advanced 4 percent after the Financial Express reported that the government plans to merge MMTC and State Trading Corp.

Torrent Power rose 3.5 percent after the company swung to a profit in September quarter.

Market breadth was in the favour of gainers, with about 2 stocks advancing to every 1 stock that declined.