Indian shares extend fall; Italy worries weigh

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Indian shares extend fall; Italy worries weigh

* Both indexes down 0.3 pct

* Italy crisis hits Asian shares

* Fortis rises on new bidding process

By Krishna V Kurup

May 30 (Reuters) - Indian shares declined on Wednesday tracking broader Asia as investors trimmed exposure to riskier assets amid a political crisis in Italy, with financial stocks such as ICICI Bank Ltd ICBK.NS weighing on the indexes.

Asian stocks extended a global sell-off as fears of repeat elections in the euro zone's third-largest economy saw the euro hitting a 10-month low, sending investors rushing to safe-haven assets such as U.S. Treasuries. MKTS/GLOB

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS tumbled 1.4 percent.

The broader NSE index .NSEI fell 0.38 percent to 10,592.40 as of 0646 GMT, while the benchmark BSE index .BSESN declined 0.37 percent to 34,821.65.

"This is a spillover from fall in global markets due to political situation in Italy. With crude prices falling and rupee firming, domestically, things have improved. But globally, the picture is still uncertain around Europe," said Neeraj Dewan, Director at Quantum Securities.

Financials fell, with heavyweights Housing Development Finance Corp HDFC.NS and ICICI Bank Ltd ICBK.NS falling 0.9 and 1.6 percent, respectively.

Among the decliners, shares of Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd GLEN.NS fell 2.9 percent after the Mumbai-based drugmaker posted a 17 percent fall in quarterly profit on Tuesday. oil refiners and retailers also took a hit after Indian Oil Corp Ltd (IOC) IOC.NS slashed pump prices for petrol and diesel. State-run IOC, Bharat Petroleum Corp BPCL.NS and Hindustan Petroleum Corp HPCL.NS control most of the retail fuel market in India. of Bharat Electronics Ltd BAJE.NS fell 3.9 percent after the company reported a 29 percent slump in March-quarter net profit on Tuesday. Fortis Healthcare Ltd FOHE.NS rose as much as 4.8 percent after it launched a new round of bidding for itself on Tuesday. The cash-strapped hospital operator's board is also scheduled to meet to approve quarterly results on Wednesday.

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