April 25, 2019 / 10:35 AM / 25 days ago

Indian shares reverse course to end lower as financials drag

* NSE index down 0.7 pct, BSE index falls 0.8 pct

* Maruti Suzuki falls after weak Q4, forecast

* Cement stocks rally after strong UltraTech results

BENGALURU, April 25 (Reuters) - Indian shares erased early gains to settle lower on Thursday due to volatility around the expiry of April derivative contracts, with financial stocks accounting for a majority of the losses.

The broader NSE index closed 0.72 percent lower at 11,641.8, while the benchmark BSE index ended down 0.83 percent at 38,730.86.

Index heavyweight Reliance Industries Ltd retreated from record highs hit earlier in the session to close 1.2 percent lower, while Bharti Infratel Ltd extended losses to end 10.2 percent lower a day after the telecom tower operator missed expectations for quarterly profit.

Housing Development Finance Corp Ltd fell 1.3 percent, while private-sector lender ICICI Bank Ltd slipped 1.4 percent.

Maruti Suzuki India Ltd ended 1.6 percent lower after the company forecast a weak rate of growth for the current fiscal year amid an industry-wide weakening of demand.

Meanwhile, cement stocks joined a rally led by UltraTech Cement Ltd after the country’s largest cement maker posted a better-than-expected quarterly profit. (Reporting by Chris Thomas in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)

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