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Updated : March 29, 2019 08:24 AM IST

Indian shares are likely to open lower on Friday amid caution ahead of the as RBI’s monetary policy meeting next week. Asian markets gained on revived hopes of progress in US-China trade talks. At 07:10 AM, the SGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50's trend in India, was down 0.22 percent at 11,644.00, indicating a negative start for the Sensex and Nifty.

1. Asia: MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan edged up 0.1 percent while Japan's Nikkei rose 1.0 percent. The S&P 500 on Thursday gained 0.36 percent and the Nasdaq Composite added 0.34 percent. Despite recent market turbulence, the S&P 500 has gained 12.3 percent so far this quarter, which would mark its best quarterly performance since 2009 if sustained. (Image: Reuters)
1. Asia: MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan edged up 0.1 percent while Japan's Nikkei rose 1.0 percent. The S&P 500 on Thursday gained 0.36 percent and the Nasdaq Composite added 0.34 percent. Despite recent market turbulence, the S&P 500 has gained 12.3 percent so far this quarter, which would mark its best quarterly performance since 2009 if sustained. (Image: Reuters)
2. US: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 91.87 points, or 0.36 percent, to 25,717.46, the S&P 500 gained 10.07 points, or 0.36 percent, to 2,815.44 and the Nasdaq Composite added 25.79 points, or 0.34 percent, to 7,669.17. (Image: Reuters)
2. US: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 91.87 points, or 0.36 percent, to 25,717.46, the S&P 500 gained 10.07 points, or 0.36 percent, to 2,815.44 and the Nasdaq Composite added 25.79 points, or 0.34 percent, to 7,669.17. (Image: Reuters)
3. Markets At Close On Thursday: Indian shares closed stronger on Thursday, bolstered by gains in banking stocks on the day of expiry of March derivatives contracts. The benchmark BSE Sensex closed 1.08 percent firmer at 38,545.72, marking its best close since September 3, 2018. The broader NSE Nifty ended 1.09 percent higher at 11,570, posting its strongest close since August 31, 2018. (Image: Reuters)
3. Markets At Close On Thursday: Indian shares closed stronger on Thursday, bolstered by gains in banking stocks on the day of expiry of March derivatives contracts. The benchmark BSE Sensex closed 1.08 percent firmer at 38,545.72, marking its best close since September 3, 2018. The broader NSE Nifty ended 1.09 percent higher at 11,570, posting its strongest close since August 31, 2018. (Image: Reuters)
4. Crude Oil: US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures were at $59.56 per barrel at 0211 GMT, up 26 cents, or 0.4 percent, from their last settlement. WTI futures are set to rise for a fourth straight week and are set for a first quarter gain of 31 percent. Brent crude oil futures were up 30 cents, or 0.4 percent, at $68.12 per barrel. Brent futures are set to increase by 1.7 percent for the week and are set to climb by 27 percent for the first quarter. (Image: Reuters)
4. Crude Oil: US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures were at $59.56 per barrel at 0211 GMT, up 26 cents, or 0.4 percent, from their last settlement. WTI futures are set to rise for a fourth straight week and are set for a first quarter gain of 31 percent. Brent crude oil futures were up 30 cents, or 0.4 percent, at $68.12 per barrel. Brent futures are set to increase by 1.7 percent for the week and are set to climb by 27 percent for the first quarter. (Image: Reuters)
5. Rupee: The rupee closed at 68.87, up by 1 paise against the dollar on Wednesday. (Image: Stock Image)
5. Rupee: The rupee closed at 68.87, up by 1 paise against the dollar on Wednesday. (Image: Stock Image)
6. Dollar: Against a basket of key rival currencies, the U.S. currency was a shade higher at 97.222. The index was on track for a more than half a percent rise this week, its best in three weeks. It has risen 1.5 percent from a near two-month low of 95.74 brushed on March 20. (Image: Reuters)
6. Dollar: Against a basket of key rival currencies, the U.S. currency was a shade higher at 97.222. The index was on track for a more than half a percent rise this week, its best in three weeks. It has risen 1.5 percent from a near two-month low of 95.74 brushed on March 20. (Image: Reuters)
7. FIIs & DIIs: Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) bought shares worth Rs 3,595 crore on a net basis, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought shares worth Rs 2,080 crore on March 28. (Image: Reuters)
7. FIIs & DIIs: Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) bought shares worth Rs 3,595 crore on a net basis, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought shares worth Rs 2,080 crore on March 28. (Image: Reuters)
8. US Treasury Bonds: The 10-year US bond yield edged up to 2.391 percent from a 15-month low of 2.352 percent touched on Thursday after an almost relentless fall since the Fed's dovish tone last week had investors more worried about the economic outlook.  (Image: Reuters)
8. US Treasury Bonds: The 10-year US bond yield edged up to 2.391 percent from a 15-month low of 2.352 percent touched on Thursday after an almost relentless fall since the Fed's dovish tone last week had investors more worried about the economic outlook.  (Image: Reuters)
9. US-China Trade Talks: US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Friday he had a
9. US-China Trade Talks: US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Friday he had a "productive working dinner" the previous night in Beijing, as he headed to a state guest house to begin a day of trade talks. Mnuchin, along with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, is in Beijing for the next round of discussions as the two countries seek to end a bitter trade war. (Image: Reuters)
10. Brexit: British Prime Minister Theresa May scrambled on Thursday for a way to secure a new delay to Brexit in the face of parliamentary deadlock by setting out plans for a watered-down vote on her EU divorce deal to be held on Friday. Lawmakers will vote on May's withdrawal agreement at a special sitting but not on the framework for future relations with the EU she negotiated at the same time, a manoeuvre which sparked confusion among lawmakers. (Image: AP)
10. Brexit: British Prime Minister Theresa May scrambled on Thursday for a way to secure a new delay to Brexit in the face of parliamentary deadlock by setting out plans for a watered-down vote on her EU divorce deal to be held on Friday. Lawmakers will vote on May's withdrawal agreement at a special sitting but not on the framework for future relations with the EU she negotiated at the same time, a manoeuvre which sparked confusion among lawmakers. (Image: AP)
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