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Updated : 2019-03-15 07:44:24

Indian shares are set for a weak start on Friday, as investors are likely to take a breather after benchmark indices rallied to multi-month highs earlier this week. At 07:24 AM, the SGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50's trend in India, was down 0.21 percent at 11,361.5, indicating a muted start for the Sensex and the Nifty.

1. Asia: MSCI broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan inched up 0.06 percent. Japan's Nikkei climbed 0.9 percent and South Korea's KOSPI rose 0.45 percent. (Image: Reuters)
1. Asia: MSCI broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan inched up 0.06 percent. Japan's Nikkei climbed 0.9 percent and South Korea's KOSPI rose 0.45 percent. (Image: Reuters)
2. US: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 7.05 points, or 0.03 percent, to 25,709.94, the S&P 500 lost 2.44 points, or 0.09 percent, to 2,808.48, and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 12.50 points, or 0.16 percent, to 7,630.91. (Image: Reuters)
2. US: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 7.05 points, or 0.03 percent, to 25,709.94, the S&P 500 lost 2.44 points, or 0.09 percent, to 2,808.48, and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 12.50 points, or 0.16 percent, to 7,630.91. (Image: Reuters)
3. Markets At Close On Thursday: Indian shares ended flat after a choppy session on Thursday, bogged down by crude hitting a fresh 2019 high, weak rupee and rising wholesale price index (WPI). The S&P BSE Sensex settled at 37,755, up 3 points, while the broader NSE Nifty50 ended at 11,343, adding 1 point. (Image: Reuters)
3. Markets At Close On Thursday: Indian shares ended flat after a choppy session on Thursday, bogged down by crude hitting a fresh 2019 high, weak rupee and rising wholesale price index (WPI). The S&P BSE Sensex settled at 37,755, up 3 points, while the broader NSE Nifty50 ended at 11,343, adding 1 point. (Image: Reuters)
4. Crude Oil: Brent crude oil futures were at $67.15 per barrel at 0126 GMT, 8 cents below their last close, but still within a dollar of the $68.14 2019-high reached the previous day.<br />US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures were at $58.55 per barrel, down 6 cents from their last settlement, and not far off their 2019-high of $58.74 from the previous day. (Image: Reuters)
4. Crude Oil: Brent crude oil futures were at $67.15 per barrel at 0126 GMT, 8 cents below their last close, but still within a dollar of the $68.14 2019-high reached the previous day.
US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures were at $58.55 per barrel, down 6 cents from their last settlement, and not far off their 2019-high of $58.74 from the previous day. (Image: Reuters)
5. Rupee: The rupee closed at 69.35, up by 18 paise against the dollar on Thursday. (Image: Stock Image)
5. Rupee: The rupee closed at 69.35, up by 18 paise against the dollar on Thursday. (Image: Stock Image)
6. Dollar: The dollar index was little changed at 96.717 after rising 0.25 percent on Thursday to bounce back from a nine-day trough of 96.385. The greenback rose as US Treasury yields climbed from two-month lows marked earlier in the week, driven by corporate supply. The dollar was steady at 111.76 yen after climbing 0.5 percent the previous day. (Image: Reuters)
6. Dollar: The dollar index was little changed at 96.717 after rising 0.25 percent on Thursday to bounce back from a nine-day trough of 96.385. The greenback rose as US Treasury yields climbed from two-month lows marked earlier in the week, driven by corporate supply. The dollar was steady at 111.76 yen after climbing 0.5 percent the previous day. (Image: Reuters)
7. FIIs & DIIs: Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) bought shares worth Rs 1,483 crore on a net basis, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) sold shares worth Rs 818 crore on March 14. (Image: Stock Image)
7. FIIs & DIIs: Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) bought shares worth Rs 1,483 crore on a net basis, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) sold shares worth Rs 818 crore on March 14. (Image: Stock Image)
8. RBI On Dollar/Rupee Swap: The Reserve Bank of India's $5 billion plan to swap rupees for dollars with domestic banks will help achieve its twin objectives of pushing interest rates down while also preventing a sharp appreciation in the rupee, analysts said on Thursday.  (Image: Reuters)
8. RBI On Dollar/Rupee Swap: The Reserve Bank of India's $5 billion plan to swap rupees for dollars with domestic banks will help achieve its twin objectives of pushing interest rates down while also preventing a sharp appreciation in the rupee, analysts said on Thursday.  (Image: Reuters)
9. US-China Trade Talks: A summit to seal a trade deal between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping will not happen at the end of March as previously discussed because more work is needed in US-China negotiations, treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday. Mnuchin, speaking to reporters following a US Senate Finance Committee hearing, said both sides were
9. US-China Trade Talks: A summit to seal a trade deal between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping will not happen at the end of March as previously discussed because more work is needed in US-China negotiations, treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday. Mnuchin, speaking to reporters following a US Senate Finance Committee hearing, said both sides were "working in good faith" to try to reach a deal "as quickly as possible." (Image: Reuters)
10. Brexit: British lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to seek a delay in Britain's exit from the European Union, setting the stage for Prime Minister Theresa May to renew efforts to get her divorce deal approved by parliament next week. Lawmakers approved by 412 votes to 202 a motion setting out the option to ask the EU for a short delay if parliament can agree on a Brexit deal by March 20 -- or a longer delay if no deal can be agreed in time.  (Image: Reuters)
10. Brexit: British lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to seek a delay in Britain's exit from the European Union, setting the stage for Prime Minister Theresa May to renew efforts to get her divorce deal approved by parliament next week. Lawmakers approved by 412 votes to 202 a motion setting out the option to ask the EU for a short delay if parliament can agree on a Brexit deal by March 20 -- or a longer delay if no deal can be agreed in time.  (Image: Reuters)
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