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Updated : February 28, 2019 07:53 AM IST

Indian shares are set for a mixed start on Thursday, as investor sentiment is likely to remain jittery amid heightened conflict between the nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan. At 07:12 AM, the SGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50's trend in India, was down 0.16 percent at 10,786.50, indicating a muted start for the Sensex and the Nifty.

1. Asia: MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.1 percent. Australian stocks fell 0.1 percent, South Korea's KOSPI shed 0.5 percent and Japan's Nikkei lost 0.5 percent. (Image: Reuters)
1. Asia: MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.1 percent. Australian stocks fell 0.1 percent, South Korea's KOSPI shed 0.5 percent and Japan's Nikkei lost 0.5 percent. (Image: Reuters)
2. US: The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 72.82 points, or 0.28 percent, to 25,985.16, the S&P 500 lost 1.52 points, or 0.05 percent, to 2,792.38 and the Nasdaq Composite added 5.21 points, or 0.07 percent, to 7,554.51. The pan-European STOXX 600 index lost 0.28 percent and MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe shed 0.02 percent. (Image: Reuters)
2. US: The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 72.82 points, or 0.28 percent, to 25,985.16, the S&P 500 lost 1.52 points, or 0.05 percent, to 2,792.38 and the Nasdaq Composite added 5.21 points, or 0.07 percent, to 7,554.51. The pan-European STOXX 600 index lost 0.28 percent and MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe shed 0.02 percent. (Image: Reuters)
3. Markets At Close On Wednesday: The BSE Sensex ended 68 points lower, or 0.19 percent, at 35,905.43 at close. The NSE Nifty50 settled at 10,806.65, down by 28.65 points, or 0.26 percent. The Nifty MidCap index outperformed, ending 0.40 percent higher. Nifty Bank fell well over half a percent dragged by HDFC Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank. (Image: Reuters)
3. Markets At Close On Wednesday: The BSE Sensex ended 68 points lower, or 0.19 percent, at 35,905.43 at close. The NSE Nifty50 settled at 10,806.65, down by 28.65 points, or 0.26 percent. The Nifty MidCap index outperformed, ending 0.40 percent higher. Nifty Bank fell well over half a percent dragged by HDFC Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank. (Image: Reuters)
4. Crude Oil: US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures were at $57.01 per barrel at 0034 GMT, up 7 cents from their last settlement. International Brent crude futures had yet to trade. Crude prices rose by around 2 percent the previous session. (Image: Reuters)
4. Crude Oil: US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures were at $57.01 per barrel at 0034 GMT, up 7 cents from their last settlement. International Brent crude futures had yet to trade. Crude prices rose by around 2 percent the previous session. (Image: Reuters)
5. Rupee: The rupee closed at 71.22, down by 16 paise against the dollar on Wednesday. (Image: Reuters)
5. Rupee: The rupee closed at 71.22, down by 16 paise against the dollar on Wednesday. (Image: Reuters)
6. Dollar: In currency markets, the dollar index against a basket of six major currencies stood little changed at 96.085. The greenback traded at 110.865 yen, having bounced back from a low of 110.355 brushed momentarily on Wednesday as tensions between India and Pakistan flared. (Image: Reuters)
6. Dollar: In currency markets, the dollar index against a basket of six major currencies stood little changed at 96.085. The greenback traded at 110.865 yen, having bounced back from a low of 110.355 brushed momentarily on Wednesday as tensions between India and Pakistan flared. (Image: Reuters)
7. FIIs & DIIs: Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) bought shares worth Rs 423 crore on a net basis, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought shares worth Rs 67 crore on February 27. (Image: Stock Image)
7. FIIs & DIIs: Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) bought shares worth Rs 423 crore on a net basis, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought shares worth Rs 67 crore on February 27. (Image: Stock Image)
8. GST Evasion: The government has detected Rs 20,000 crore worth GST evasion so far this fiscal and will take more steps to check frauds and increase compliance, a senior tax official said Wednesday. Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs Member (Investigation) John Joseph further said the department would soon call a meeting of the representatives of the real estate sector to understand transition issues faced by the sector post reduction in GST rates. (Image: Stock Image)
8. GST Evasion: The government has detected Rs 20,000 crore worth GST evasion so far this fiscal and will take more steps to check frauds and increase compliance, a senior tax official said Wednesday. Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs Member (Investigation) John Joseph further said the department would soon call a meeting of the representatives of the real estate sector to understand transition issues faced by the sector post reduction in GST rates. (Image: Stock Image)
9. Pakistan Offers Peace Talks With India: Inviting Narendra Modi government for dialogue, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said the Pakistan Air Force has shot down two Indian MiG aircrafts after it crossed the Line of Control (LoC).<br />According to the ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, Indian Air Force's MiG-21 Bison was
9. Pakistan Offers Peace Talks With India: Inviting Narendra Modi government for dialogue, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said the Pakistan Air Force has shot down two Indian MiG aircrafts after it crossed the Line of Control (LoC).
According to the ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, Indian Air Force's MiG-21 Bison was "lost" this morning while thwarting Pakistani fighter jets that had entered Indian airspace. Khan in his live TV address offered full cooperation to resolve the crisis with New Delhi and conveyed that Islamabad won't allow any terror organisation to operate from Pakistan's soil. (Image: AP)
10. US-China Trade War: Washington's chief trade negotiator on Wednesday said there remained much to do before reaching a new trade agreement with China despite
10. US-China Trade War: Washington's chief trade negotiator on Wednesday said there remained much to do before reaching a new trade agreement with China despite "real progress" so far. After months of negotiating with Beijing, "now we are making real progress," US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in congressional testimony. However, "Much still needs to be done both before an agreement is reached, and more importantly after it is reached if one is reached." (Image: Reuters)
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