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Updated : January 24, 2019 07:31 AM IST

Indian stocks looked set for a positive start on Thursday, taking cues from Asia, but gains are likely to be limited amid political uncertainty in the United States and worries about weakening global economic growth. At 07:00 AM, SGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50's trend in India, was up 0.37 percent at 10.881.50, indicating a positive start for the Indian market.

1. Asia: MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.2 percent. It has gained 3.8 percent so far this month. Australian shares were 0.1 percent higher while Japan's Nikkei lost more than 0.3 percent in early trade. (Image Source: Reuters/Caption Credits: Reuters)
1. Asia: MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.2 percent. It has gained 3.8 percent so far this month. Australian shares were 0.1 percent higher while Japan's Nikkei lost more than 0.3 percent in early trade. (Image Source: Reuters/Caption Credits: Reuters)
2. US: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 171.14 points, or 0.7 percent, to 24,575.62, the S&P 500 gained 5.8 points, or 0.22 percent, to 2,638.7 and the Nasdaq Composite added 5.41 points, or 0.08 percent, to 7,025.77. (Image Source: Reuters/Caption Credits: Reuters)
2. US: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 171.14 points, or 0.7 percent, to 24,575.62, the S&P 500 gained 5.8 points, or 0.22 percent, to 2,638.7 and the Nasdaq Composite added 5.41 points, or 0.08 percent, to 7,025.77. (Image Source: Reuters/Caption Credits: Reuters)
3. Market At Close On Wednesday: Benchmark indices plunged on Wednesday after a sharp selling in the last hour of trade. The Sensex slipped by 336 points or 0.92 percent, to settle at 36,108 at close, while the Nifty was at 10,831.50, down by over 91 points or 0.84 percent. (Image Source: Reuters)
3. Market At Close On Wednesday: Benchmark indices plunged on Wednesday after a sharp selling in the last hour of trade. The Sensex slipped by 336 points or 0.92 percent, to settle at 36,108 at close, while the Nifty was at 10,831.50, down by over 91 points or 0.84 percent. (Image Source: Reuters)
4. Crude Oil: In commodity markets, oil prices extended their slide from Wednesday when they slipped as the EU sought to circumvent US trade sanctions against Iran, and on weaker US gasoline prices. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures fell 20 cents, or 0.38 percent, to $52.42, while Brent crude futures remained untraded. (Image Source: Reuters/Caption Credits: Reuters)
4. Crude Oil: In commodity markets, oil prices extended their slide from Wednesday when they slipped as the EU sought to circumvent US trade sanctions against Iran, and on weaker US gasoline prices. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures fell 20 cents, or 0.38 percent, to $52.42, while Brent crude futures remained untraded. (Image Source: Reuters/Caption Credits: Reuters)
5. Rupee: The rupee closed at 71.33, up by 10 paise against the dollar on Wednesday. (Image Source: Reuters)
5. Rupee: The rupee closed at 71.33, up by 10 paise against the dollar on Wednesday. (Image Source: Reuters)
6. Dollar: The dollar index, a gauge of its value versus six major peers was marginally lower at 96.10.  The yen was marginally higher at 109.54, after weakening 0.2 percent versus the greenback in the previous session. (Image Source: Reuters/Caption Credits: Reuters)
6. Dollar: The dollar index, a gauge of its value versus six major peers was marginally lower at 96.10.  The yen was marginally higher at 109.54, after weakening 0.2 percent versus the greenback in the previous session. (Image Source: Reuters/Caption Credits: Reuters)
7. FIIs & DIIs: Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) sold shares worth Rs 776 crore while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought shares worth Rs 584 crore in the Indian equity market on January 23. (Image Source: Reuters)
7. FIIs & DIIs: Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) sold shares worth Rs 776 crore while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought shares worth Rs 584 crore in the Indian equity market on January 23. (Image Source: Reuters)
8. Priyanka Gandhi Enters Politics: Ending years of speculation, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra formally entered politics on Wednesday with the Congress appointing her general secretary for Uttar Pradesh East in a move reflecting the party's intent to go full throttle in the state ahead of the general elections. (Image Source: Stock Image)
8. Priyanka Gandhi Enters Politics: Ending years of speculation, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra formally entered politics on Wednesday with the Congress appointing her general secretary for Uttar Pradesh East in a move reflecting the party's intent to go full throttle in the state ahead of the general elections. (Image Source: Stock Image)
9. Piyush Goyal Appointed Interim Finance Minister: President Ramnath Kovind on Wednesday appointed Railway Minister Piyush Goyal as the interim finance and corporate affairs minister in view of the indisposition of Arun Jaitley, who is currently undergoing treatment abroad. Jaitley would not be presenting the interim budget next week, according to a source familiar with the matter. (Image Source: Stock Image)
9. Piyush Goyal Appointed Interim Finance Minister: President Ramnath Kovind on Wednesday appointed Railway Minister Piyush Goyal as the interim finance and corporate affairs minister in view of the indisposition of Arun Jaitley, who is currently undergoing treatment abroad. Jaitley would not be presenting the interim budget next week, according to a source familiar with the matter. (Image Source: Stock Image)
10. Telecom Price Hike: Hinting at telecom price hike, Sunil Mittal, on Wednesday said India has the lowest tariff anywhere in the world but it will increase gradually.  (Image Source: Stock Image)
10. Telecom Price Hike: Hinting at telecom price hike, Sunil Mittal, on Wednesday said India has the lowest tariff anywhere in the world but it will increase gradually.  (Image Source: Stock Image)
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