INDIAN BENCHMARKS may see a lower opening; RBI Policy eyed
Indian equity benchmarks are likely to witness a mild gap up opening today as the sharp losses in the previous session. SGX Nifty is trading 1.50 points higher. However, caution ahead of the Q4 earnings numbers due in the coming sessions may continue to weigh on local bourses and restrict gains in the markets. Indian shares fell to a three-week low on Thursday as investors took gains off the table, continuing to book profits in recent outperformers as the upcoming quarterly reporting season is expected to be weak. The S&P BSE Sensex and CNX Nifty ended 0.86%-0.89% lower each.
a. Asian shares extended losses to three-week lows on Friday after bank shares slumped globally, while the yen soared to a 17-month high against the dollar as investors unwound bets against the yen, calculating that any effort by Japan to drive down the yen would be vigorously opposed by other major economies.
b. U.S. stocks tumbled Thursday amid what has been a choppy start to April after a strong run-up since the market low back in mid-February.
c. European equities ended lower on Thursday, with financial shares losing ground and stocks like Skanska and Daimler slumping after trading without the attraction of their latest dividend payouts..
Major Headlines of the day:
SBI, ICICI Bank cut home loan rates.
RCom to migrate CDMA users to Jio's 4G network.
ITC renews 40-year partnership with Starwood Hotels
Trend in FII flows: The FIIs were net sellers of Rs -294.72 Cr in the cash segment on Wednesday while the DIIs were net buyers of Rs 16.06 Cr, as per the provisional figures released by the NSE.