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Updated : March 01, 2019 07:49 AM IST

Indian shares are set for a muted start on Friday, as geopolitical tensions between India and Pakistan coupled with China growth worries are likely to weigh on investor sentiment. At 07:20 AM, the SGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50's trend in India, was up 0.04 percent at 10,874, indicating a flat opening for the Sensex and the Nifty.

1. Asia: MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up less than 0.1 percent in early trade. Japan's Nikkei 225 gained 0.8 percent, helped by the weaker yen, while Australian shares added 0.6. percent.
1. Asia: MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up less than 0.1 percent in early trade. Japan's Nikkei 225 gained 0.8 percent, helped by the weaker yen, while Australian shares added 0.6. percent.
2. US: The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 69.16 points, or 0.27 percent, to 25,916, the S&P 500 lost 7.89 points, or 0.28 percent, to 2,784.49 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 21.98 points, or 0.29 percent, to 7,532.53.
2. US: The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 69.16 points, or 0.27 percent, to 25,916, the S&P 500 lost 7.89 points, or 0.28 percent, to 2,784.49 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 21.98 points, or 0.29 percent, to 7,532.53.
3. Markets At Close On Thursday: Indian shares traded flat on Thursday afternoon amid hopes the tensions with Pakistan won't rise further ahead of February F&O expiry as investors await Q3 GDP data. The 30-share S&P BSE Sensex was up 39 points at 35,944 at 12.25 pm. The broader 50-share NSE Nifty gained 8 points at 10,815 points.
3. Markets At Close On Thursday: Indian shares traded flat on Thursday afternoon amid hopes the tensions with Pakistan won't rise further ahead of February F&O expiry as investors await Q3 GDP data. The 30-share S&P BSE Sensex was up 39 points at 35,944 at 12.25 pm. The broader 50-share NSE Nifty gained 8 points at 10,815 points.
4. Crude Oil: US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures were at $57.45 per barrel at 0116 GMT, up 23 cents, or 0.4 percent, from their last settlement. International Brent crude futures were at $66.55 per barrel, up 24 cents, or 0.4 percent.
4. Crude Oil: US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures were at $57.45 per barrel at 0116 GMT, up 23 cents, or 0.4 percent, from their last settlement. International Brent crude futures were at $66.55 per barrel, up 24 cents, or 0.4 percent.
5. Rupee: The rupee closed at 71.72, up by 50 paise against the dollar on Thursday. (Image: Reutersa
5. Rupee: The rupee closed at 71.72, up by 50 paise against the dollar on Thursday. (Image: Reutersa
6. Dollar: The dollar also inched higher on the US data, adding 0.06 percent against the yen to 111.44. The greenback hit its highest point this year against the Japanese currency on Thursday.
6. Dollar: The dollar also inched higher on the US data, adding 0.06 percent against the yen to 111.44. The greenback hit its highest point this year against the Japanese currency on Thursday.
7. FIIs & DIIs: Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) bought shares worth Rs 3,211 crore on a net basis, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) sold shares worth Rs 5,241 crore on February 28. (Image: Stock Image)
7. FIIs & DIIs: Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) bought shares worth Rs 3,211 crore on a net basis, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) sold shares worth Rs 5,241 crore on February 28. (Image: Stock Image)
8. India GDP Data: India's economy grew at 6.6 percent in October-December fiscal, lowest in five quarters, as per the data released by the government on Thursday. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at constant prices (2011-12) had grown at 7 per cent in the October-December quarter of the previous financial year.
8. India GDP Data: India's economy grew at 6.6 percent in October-December fiscal, lowest in five quarters, as per the data released by the government on Thursday. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at constant prices (2011-12) had grown at 7 per cent in the October-December quarter of the previous financial year.
9. India-Pakistan Tension: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said Islamabad will release Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Commander Abhinandan Varthaman on Friday as a gesture of peace.
9. India-Pakistan Tension: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said Islamabad will release Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Commander Abhinandan Varthaman on Friday as a gesture of peace. "In our desire of peace, I announce that tomorrow, and as a first step to open negotiations, Pakistan will be releasing the Indian Air Force officer in our custody," Khan said in Parliament. Pakistan held Varthaman on Wednesday after fighter jets of both the nations engaged in an air battle following an unsuccessful attempt to target Indian military installations in retaliatory strikes.
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10. US-China Trade War: The United States will need to maintain the threat of tariffs on Chinese goods for years even if Washington and Beijing strike a deal to end a costly tariff war, President Donald Trump's chief trade negotiator told lawmakers on Wednesday.
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer cautioned that much work was still needed to nail down a US-China trade agreement, including working out how it will be enforced.
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