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Updated : 2019-02-14 07:21:10

Indian shares are set for a weak start on Thursday, tracking Asian shares, as investors hoped for progress in the latest Sino-US tariff talks while bracing for China trade data that are expected to show further falls in both exports and imports. At 07:10 AM, the SGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50's trend in India, was down 0.21 percent at 10,780, indicating a weak start for the Sensex and the Nifty.

1. Asia: MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was all but flat, reported Reuters. Japan's Nikkei edged up 0.3 percent to its highest for the year so far. E-Mini futures for the S&P 500 added 0.1 percent. Chinese stocks were grabbing attention after the Shanghai blue chips index jumped 2 percent on Wednesday to levels last seen in late September. (Image: Reuters)
1. Asia: MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was all but flat, reported Reuters. Japan's Nikkei edged up 0.3 percent to its highest for the year so far. E-Mini futures for the S&P 500 added 0.1 percent. Chinese stocks were grabbing attention after the Shanghai blue chips index jumped 2 percent on Wednesday to levels last seen in late September. (Image: Reuters)
2. US: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 117.51 points, or 0.46 percent, to 25,543.27, the S&P 500 gained 8.3 points, or 0.30 percent, to 2,753.03 and the Nasdaq Composite added 5.76 points, or 0.08 percent, to 7,420.38. (Image: Reuters)
2. US: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 117.51 points, or 0.46 percent, to 25,543.27, the S&P 500 gained 8.3 points, or 0.30 percent, to 2,753.03 and the Nasdaq Composite added 5.76 points, or 0.08 percent, to 7,420.38. (Image: Reuters)
3. Markets At Close On Wednesday: Indian shares wiped off early gains to end lower in a topsy-turvy trade on Wednesday. The BSE Sensex closed down for a fifth session, ending 0.33 percent lower at 36,034.11, while the Nifty 50 ended 0.35 percent lower at 10,793.65. (Image: Reuters)
3. Markets At Close On Wednesday: Indian shares wiped off early gains to end lower in a topsy-turvy trade on Wednesday. The BSE Sensex closed down for a fifth session, ending 0.33 percent lower at 36,034.11, while the Nifty 50 ended 0.35 percent lower at 10,793.65. (Image: Reuters)
4. Crude Oil Prices: US WTI crude futures were at $53.76 per barrel at 2338 GMT, up 10 cents, or 0.2 percent, from their last settlement, reported Reuters. They closed up 1.5 percent on Wednesday, having touched their highest since February 5 at $54.60 a barrel. Brent crude oil futures had yet to trade. They closed the previous session up 1.9 percent, after marking their strongest since November 21 at $63.98 a barrel. (Image: Reuters)
4. Crude Oil Prices: US WTI crude futures were at $53.76 per barrel at 2338 GMT, up 10 cents, or 0.2 percent, from their last settlement, reported Reuters. They closed up 1.5 percent on Wednesday, having touched their highest since February 5 at $54.60 a barrel. Brent crude oil futures had yet to trade. They closed the previous session up 1.9 percent, after marking their strongest since November 21 at $63.98 a barrel. (Image: Reuters)
5. Rupee: The rupee closed at 70.80, down by 10 paise against the dollar on Wednesday. (Image: Reuters)
5. Rupee: The rupee closed at 70.80, down by 10 paise against the dollar on Wednesday. (Image: Reuters)
6. Dollar: In currency markets, the improvement in risk appetite undermined the safe-haven yen and propelled the dollar to its best levels of the year so far at 111.04. (Image: Reuters)
6. Dollar: In currency markets, the improvement in risk appetite undermined the safe-haven yen and propelled the dollar to its best levels of the year so far at 111.04. (Image: Reuters)
7. FIIs & DIIs: Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) sold shares worth Rs 677 crore on a net basis, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought shares worth Rs 713 crore on February 13. (Image: Stock Image)
7. FIIs & DIIs: Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) sold shares worth Rs 677 crore on a net basis, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought shares worth Rs 713 crore on February 13. (Image: Stock Image)
8. Gold: Spot gold was up 0.2 percent at $1,308.20 per ounce, as of 0105 GMT. US gold futures were down 0.3 percent at $1,311. (Image: Reuters)
8. Gold: Spot gold was up 0.2 percent at $1,308.20 per ounce, as of 0105 GMT. US gold futures were down 0.3 percent at $1,311. (Image: Reuters)
9. CAG Report On Rafale Deal: The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India suggested the union defence ministry revisit the entire process of acquiring for the Indian Air Force, including the 36 Rafale jets, in order to simplify the process as the auditor said the acquisition wing was unable to weed out the redundant activities. (Image: Reuters)
9. CAG Report On Rafale Deal: The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India suggested the union defence ministry revisit the entire process of acquiring for the Indian Air Force, including the 36 Rafale jets, in order to simplify the process as the auditor said the acquisition wing was unable to weed out the redundant activities. (Image: Reuters)
10. US-China Trade Talks: US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday he was
10. US-China Trade Talks: US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday he was "looking forward" to trade talks with China as the two countries were set to begin formal high-level discussions in Beijing. "Looking forward to discussions today," Mnuchin told reporters as he left his hotel. He did not elaborate. (Image: Reuters)
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