Indian shares retreat from record highs; ITC slumps

Weak Asian cues weighed on the sentiment.

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Brokers trade at their computer terminals at a stock brokerage firm in Mumbai, India. REUTERS

Indian shares retreated from record highs on Tuesday, dragged lower by ITC after the goods and services tax council hiked tax on cigarettes.

At 0614 GMT, the S&P BSE Sensex dropped 0.75 percent to 31,833 while the broader NSE Nifty lost 0.55 percent to 9,860.

Meanwhile, weak Asian cues also weighed on the sentiment.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.1 percent after Republicans effort to dismantle and replace the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, faced a fresh setback on Monday.

ITC slumped 13 percent while VST Industries and Godfrey Phillips declined 5 percent each following tax hike on cigarettes.

Reliance Industries was down 2 percent.

Among the gainers, Jubilant FoodWorks rose 2 percent after its net profit increased 26 percent in the quarter ended June.

Cement maker ACC gained 2 percent after a better-than-expected quarterly profit.

Market breadth was in the favour of losers, with about 2 stocks declining to every 1 stock that advanced.