* NSE index down 1 pct; BSE index 0.9 pct lower
* HDFC Bank down for second session
* Coal India rises up to 2.9 pct
By Vishal Sridhar
Sept 4 (Reuters) - Indian shares fell on Monday in line with Asian markets, heading for their first session of fall in four, as North Korea’s latest nuclear test prompted investors to seek refuge in safe havens such as gold.
North Korea on Sunday conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, which it said was of an advanced hydrogen bomb for a long-range missile, marking a dramatic escalation of the regime’s stand-off with the United States and its allies.
Japan’s Nikkei closed about 1 percent lower, while MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dipped 0.8 percent.
“The markets are struggling to go up because of North Korea tensions,” said Deven Choksey, promoter, KR Choksey.
The broader NSE index was down 0.97 percent at 9,877.70 as of 0637 GMT, while the benchmark BSE index was 0.87 percent lower at 31,613.89.
Technical charts showed the NSE index broke out of a triangle formation last week, suggesting consolidation was complete and a rally might resume.
“Banking stocks such as HDFC Bank are a bit highly valued and are seeing some corrections,” Choksey said.
HDFC Bank Ltd and Housing Development Finance Corp Ltd were down for a second straight session, trading 0.9 percent and 0.7 percent lower respectively.
The Nifty Auto index fell 0.8 percent after gaining nearly 2 percent on Friday when most automakers reported August sales numbers. Hero MotoCorp Ltd, which reported a 10 percent rise in sales, was trading 1.6 percent lower.
Meanwhile, Coal India Ltd surged as much as 2.9 percent after the miner said on Friday that the company along with its units produced 37.63 million tonnes of coal in August, beating its target of 36.96 million tonnes.
Reporting by Vishal Sridhar and Gaurav Dogra in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu