Indian markets are likely to open little changed on Thursday amidst a mixed trend across stocks in Asia and ahead of the March derivative expiry, sapping risk taking appetite. SGX Nifty is trading 12.50 points lower. Indian markets rose today and posted their biggest single-day percentage rise in about a month, tracking gains throughout Asia after US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen called for caution when raising interest rates. The S&P BSE Sensex and CNX Nifty ended 1.76%-1.82% higher each.On Wednesday (March 30, 2016), Snapping two-day losing streak, the BSE SENSEX closed at 25338.58, up by 438.12 points, or by 1.76%, and the NSE Nifty ended at 7735.2, up by 138.2 points, or by 1.82%.
Asian shares edged up to a four-month high on Thursday, taking cues from Wall Street gains overnight, as receding worries of near-term U.S. interest rate hikes continued to buoy risk sentiment.
U.S. stocks closed up for a third session in a row Wednesday following dovish comments from Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen, helping the Dow Jones Industrial Average set a record for the most up days in a month in six years.
European shares rose on Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen called for caution in raising U.S. interest rates, while German retailer Metro surged on demerger plans.
Major Headlines of the day:
• Reliance Capital completes 23% stake sale in life insurance venture
• Adani Group enters defence sector with statement of intent
• Kansai Nerolac sells Chennai land to SPV floated by Brigade & GIC Singapore
Trend in FII flows: The FIIs were net sellers of Rs -1442.47 Cr in the cash segment on Wednesday while the DIIs were net buyers of Rs 396.90 Cr, as per the provisional figures released by the NSE.