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10 things you need to know before the opening bell on April 18

Updated : April 18, 2019 07:19 AM IST

The Indian stock market is set to open flat on Thursday following Asian cues after a negative performance on Wall Street, with caution ahead of business surveys in Europe and Japan, and the Good Friday and Easter holidays keeping investors on the sidelines.

Domestic stock, bond, commodity and forex markets remained closed on Wednesday on account of Mahavir Jayanti. On Tuesday, NSE Nifty and BSE Sensex extended gains to end at record highs amid sustained buying from foreign investors and positive sentiment in global peers. Investors were also optimistic as the earnings season got off to a good start and the IMD forecast average monsoon rains this year. At 07:04 AM, the SGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50's trend in India, was unchanged at 11,848.50, indicating a flat start for the Sensex and Nifty.

1. Asia: MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan inched up 0.08 percent, trading just below its highest since late July 2018 brushed on Wednesday. Australian shares advanced a quarter of a percent while Japan's Nikkei was a shade lower. (Image: Reuters)
1. Asia: MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan inched up 0.08 percent, trading just below its highest since late July 2018 brushed on Wednesday. Australian shares advanced a quarter of a percent while Japan's Nikkei was a shade lower. (Image: Reuters)
2. US: The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 3.12 points, or 0.01 percent, to 26,449.54, the S&P 500 lost 6.61 points, or 0.23 percent, to 2,900.45 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 4.15 points, or 0.05 percent, to 7,996.08. All three major US stock indexes ended the session in negative territory, with the S&P 500 remaining just within a percent below its record high reached in September. (Image: Reuters)
2. US: The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 3.12 points, or 0.01 percent, to 26,449.54, the S&P 500 lost 6.61 points, or 0.23 percent, to 2,900.45 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 4.15 points, or 0.05 percent, to 7,996.08. All three major US stock indexes ended the session in negative territory, with the S&P 500 remaining just within a percent below its record high reached in September. (Image: Reuters)
3. Markets At Close On Tuesday: The Indian market extended gains to end at record highs on Tuesday, led by banking stocks like IndusInd Bank and ICICI Bank, amid sustained buying from foreign investors and positive sentiment in global peers. Investors were also optimistic as the earnings season got off to a good start and the IMD forecast average monsoon rains this year. The BSE Sensex ended at a new closing high of 39,275, up 370 points, while the broader NSE Nifty50 settled at record closing high of at 11,787, adding 97 points. Domestic stock, bond, commodity and forex markets remained closed on Wednesday on account of Mahavir Jayanti. (Image: Reuters)
3. Markets At Close On Tuesday: The Indian market extended gains to end at record highs on Tuesday, led by banking stocks like IndusInd Bank and ICICI Bank, amid sustained buying from foreign investors and positive sentiment in global peers. Investors were also optimistic as the earnings season got off to a good start and the IMD forecast average monsoon rains this year. The BSE Sensex ended at a new closing high of 39,275, up 370 points, while the broader NSE Nifty50 settled at record closing high of at 11,787, adding 97 points. Domestic stock, bond, commodity and forex markets remained closed on Wednesday on account of Mahavir Jayanti. (Image: Reuters)
4. Crude Oil: Brent crude futures were at $71.51 a barrel at 0056 GMT, down 11 cents, or 0.2 percent, from their last close. Brent fell 0.1 percent on Wednesday, after earlier touching its highest since November 8 at $72.27 a barrel. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $63.67 per barrel, down 9 cents, or 0.1 percent, from their previous settlement. WTI closed the last session down 0.5 percent. (Image: Reuters)
4. Crude Oil: Brent crude futures were at $71.51 a barrel at 0056 GMT, down 11 cents, or 0.2 percent, from their last close. Brent fell 0.1 percent on Wednesday, after earlier touching its highest since November 8 at $72.27 a barrel. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $63.67 per barrel, down 9 cents, or 0.1 percent, from their previous settlement. WTI closed the last session down 0.5 percent. (Image: Reuters)
5. Rupee: The rupee closed at 69.60, down 18 paise against the US dollar on Tuesday. Domestic stock, bond, commodity and forex markets remained closed on Wednesday on account of Mahavir Jayanti. (Image: Reuters)
5. Rupee: The rupee closed at 69.60, down 18 paise against the US dollar on Tuesday. Domestic stock, bond, commodity and forex markets remained closed on Wednesday on account of Mahavir Jayanti. (Image: Reuters)
6. Dollar: In the currency market, the safe-haven yen was slightly up at 112.00 yen per dollar, sitting just above a near four-month low of 112.17 brushed overnight. The dollar index held steady at 97.019 after ending the previous session basically unchanged. (Image: Reuters)
6. Dollar: In the currency market, the safe-haven yen was slightly up at 112.00 yen per dollar, sitting just above a near four-month low of 112.17 brushed overnight. The dollar index held steady at 97.019 after ending the previous session basically unchanged. (Image: Reuters)
7. FIIs & DIIs: Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) bought shares worth Rs 1,039 crore on a net basis, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought shares worth Rs 37 crore on April 16. (Image: Stock Images)
7. FIIs & DIIs: Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) bought shares worth Rs 1,039 crore on a net basis, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought shares worth Rs 37 crore on April 16. (Image: Stock Images)
8. Bonds: The issuances of government-fully serviced bonds (GoI-FSBs) rose to Rs 64,192 crore in the year ended March 2019 as compared to Rs 15,095 crore during the last fiscal, says a report. These borrowings are estimated to have accounted for 0.34 percent of GDP for FY19 as compared to 0.09 percent of GDP for FY18. The total outstanding value of these GoI-FSBs stood at Rs 88,454 crore at the end of FY19, according to ICRA. (Image: Reuters)
8. Bonds: The issuances of government-fully serviced bonds (GoI-FSBs) rose to Rs 64,192 crore in the year ended March 2019 as compared to Rs 15,095 crore during the last fiscal, says a report. These borrowings are estimated to have accounted for 0.34 percent of GDP for FY19 as compared to 0.09 percent of GDP for FY18. The total outstanding value of these GoI-FSBs stood at Rs 88,454 crore at the end of FY19, according to ICRA. (Image: Reuters)
9. China GDP Data: China's economy grew at a steady 6.4 percent pace in the first quarter from a year earlier, defying expectations for a slowdown, as industrial output jumped sharply. The upbeat readings, which also showed faster growth in retail sales and investment, are likely to add to optimism that China's cooling economy may be starting to stabilise, relieving some investor anxiety over sputtering global demand. (Image: Reuters)
9. China GDP Data: China's economy grew at a steady 6.4 percent pace in the first quarter from a year earlier, defying expectations for a slowdown, as industrial output jumped sharply. The upbeat readings, which also showed faster growth in retail sales and investment, are likely to add to optimism that China's cooling economy may be starting to stabilise, relieving some investor anxiety over sputtering global demand. (Image: Reuters)
10. EU-US Trade Talks: Planes, tractors, food and handbags featured on a list of US imports worth $20 billion that the European Union said on Wednesday it could hit with tariffs in a transatlantic aircraft subsidy dispute. The 28-nation bloc said this week it was ready to open negotiations with the United States to cut industrial duties, but has now detailed plans that could lead to a new tit-for-tat trade conflict between the two global powers. (Image: Reuters)
10. EU-US Trade Talks: Planes, tractors, food and handbags featured on a list of US imports worth $20 billion that the European Union said on Wednesday it could hit with tariffs in a transatlantic aircraft subsidy dispute. The 28-nation bloc said this week it was ready to open negotiations with the United States to cut industrial duties, but has now detailed plans that could lead to a new tit-for-tat trade conflict between the two global powers. (Image: Reuters)
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