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Updated : February 18, 2019 07:26 AM IST

Indian shares are set for a mixed start on Monday, tracking its Asian peers, as investors dared to hope for both progress at Sino-US trade talks in Washington this week and more policy stimulus from major central banks. At 07:12 AM, the SGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50's trend in India, was up 0.09 percent at 10,764.50, indicating a mixed start for the Sensex and the Nifty.

1. Asia: MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.3 percent, partially recovering from a sharp fall last Friday, Reuters reported. Japan’s Nikkei climbed 1.6 percent to hit its highest for the year so far, while Australia’s main index rose 0.7 percent. E-Mini futures for the S&P 500 were flat, with trade thinned by a holiday in US markets. (Image: Reuters)
1. Asia: MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.3 percent, partially recovering from a sharp fall last Friday, Reuters reported. Japan’s Nikkei climbed 1.6 percent to hit its highest for the year so far, while Australia’s main index rose 0.7 percent. E-Mini futures for the S&P 500 were flat, with trade thinned by a holiday in US markets. (Image: Reuters)
2. US: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 443.86 points, or 1.74 percent, to 25,883.25, the S&P 500 gained 29.87 points, or 1.09 percent, to 2,775.6 and the Nasdaq Composite added 45.46 points, or 0.61 percent, to 7,472.41. (Image: Reuters)
2. US: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 443.86 points, or 1.74 percent, to 25,883.25, the S&P 500 gained 29.87 points, or 1.09 percent, to 2,775.6 and the Nasdaq Composite added 45.46 points, or 0.61 percent, to 7,472.41. (Image: Reuters)
3. Markets At Close On Friday: Indian shares made a sharp recovery from the day's lows and settling with minor cuts in Friday's trade. At close, the BSE Sensex was down 67.27 points at 35808.95, while the NSE Nifty50 was down 21.60 points at 10724.40. (Image: Reuters)
3. Markets At Close On Friday: Indian shares made a sharp recovery from the day's lows and settling with minor cuts in Friday's trade. At close, the BSE Sensex was down 67.27 points at 35808.95, while the NSE Nifty50 was down 21.60 points at 10724.40. (Image: Reuters)
4. Crude Oil Prices: US WTI crude oil futures hit $56 per barrel for the first time this year, before edging back to $55.89 per barrel by 0051 GMT. That was still 0.5 percent above their last settlement. International Brent crude futures hit a 2019-high of $66.61 per barrel early on Monday before easing to $66.47 per barrel, still up 0.3 percent from their last close. For both benchmarks, those were their highest levels since November 2018, Reuters reported. (Image: Reuters)
4. Crude Oil Prices: US WTI crude oil futures hit $56 per barrel for the first time this year, before edging back to $55.89 per barrel by 0051 GMT. That was still 0.5 percent above their last settlement. International Brent crude futures hit a 2019-high of $66.61 per barrel early on Monday before easing to $66.47 per barrel, still up 0.3 percent from their last close. For both benchmarks, those were their highest levels since November 2018, Reuters reported. (Image: Reuters)
5. Rupee: The rupee closed at 71.22, down by 6 paise against the dollar on Friday. (Image: Reuters)
5. Rupee: The rupee closed at 71.22, down by 6 paise against the dollar on Friday. (Image: Reuters)
6. Dollar:  The dollar was steady on the yen at 110.50, having backed away from a two-month top of 111.12. The dollar was left at 96.924 on a basket of currencies, after hitting its highest since mid-December at 97.368 last week. (Image: Reuters)
6. Dollar:  The dollar was steady on the yen at 110.50, having backed away from a two-month top of 111.12. The dollar was left at 96.924 on a basket of currencies, after hitting its highest since mid-December at 97.368 last week. (Image: Reuters)
7. FIIs & DIIs: Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) sold shares worth Rs 966 crore on a net basis, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought shares worth Rs 853 crore on February 15. (Image: Getty Images)
7. FIIs & DIIs: Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) sold shares worth Rs 966 crore on a net basis, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought shares worth Rs 853 crore on February 15. (Image: Getty Images)
8. CAIT Strike After Pulwama Terror Attack: Traders' body CAIT has called for a nationwide trade bandh on Monday to express solidarity with the families of security personnel martyred in the Pulwama terror attack. In a statement, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) said commercial markets will remain closed and there will be no business activity. In Delhi, all wholesale and retail markets will observe bandh on February 18. (Image: AP)
8. CAIT Strike After Pulwama Terror Attack: Traders' body CAIT has called for a nationwide trade bandh on Monday to express solidarity with the families of security personnel martyred in the Pulwama terror attack. In a statement, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) said commercial markets will remain closed and there will be no business activity. In Delhi, all wholesale and retail markets will observe bandh on February 18. (Image: AP)
9. Bank's Liquidity To Remain Tight In Q4: A majority of banks expect liquidity to remain tight in the last quarter of this fiscal despite a slight improvement in the situation, says a survey. The liquidity scenario remained in deficit in the third quarter of 2018-19, the survey of 23 banks from public, private, foreign and small finance segments said. (Image: Reuters)
9. Bank's Liquidity To Remain Tight In Q4: A majority of banks expect liquidity to remain tight in the last quarter of this fiscal despite a slight improvement in the situation, says a survey. The liquidity scenario remained in deficit in the third quarter of 2018-19, the survey of 23 banks from public, private, foreign and small finance segments said. (Image: Reuters)
10. January Trade Deficit: The trade deficit widened to $14.73 billion in January, mainly pushed by rise in gold imports, the trade ministry said in a statement on Friday. Trade deficit had narrowed to $13.08 billion in December. In January, merchandise exports rose 3.74 percent from a year earlier to $26.36 billion, while imports were up 0.01 percent to $41.09 billion, data showed. (Image: Reuters)
10. January Trade Deficit: The trade deficit widened to $14.73 billion in January, mainly pushed by rise in gold imports, the trade ministry said in a statement on Friday. Trade deficit had narrowed to $13.08 billion in December. In January, merchandise exports rose 3.74 percent from a year earlier to $26.36 billion, while imports were up 0.01 percent to $41.09 billion, data showed. (Image: Reuters)
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