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10 things you need to know before the opening bell on April 23

Updated : 2019-04-23 07:40:54

Indian shares are set to open little changed on Tuesday, tracking muted risk appetite in Asia, as concerns over the slow pace of policy easing in China curbed the market's enthusiasm. Back home, trading is likely to be cautious as the third phase of voting in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections begins today. At 07:21 AM, the SGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50's trend in India, was up 0.04 percent at 11,621.50, indicating a weak start for the Sensex and Nifty.

1. Asia: The MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was almost flat, while Japan's Nikkei average eased 0.2 percent. Many markets around the world remained shut on Monday after the long Easter weekend. (Image: Reuters)
1. Asia: The MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was almost flat, while Japan's Nikkei average eased 0.2 percent. Many markets around the world remained shut on Monday after the long Easter weekend. (Image: Reuters)
2. US: The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 48.49 points, or 0.18 percent, to 26,511.05, the S&P 500 gained 2.94 points, or 0.10 percent, to 2,907.97 and the Nasdaq Composite added 17.21 points, or 0.22 percent, to 8,015.27. (Image: Reuters)
2. US: The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 48.49 points, or 0.18 percent, to 26,511.05, the S&P 500 gained 2.94 points, or 0.10 percent, to 2,907.97 and the Nasdaq Composite added 17.21 points, or 0.22 percent, to 8,015.27. (Image: Reuters)
3. Markets At Close On Monday: The Indian stock market fell the most in nearly two weeks on Monday as crude oil prices rose and pushed the rupee to a six-week low. The BSE Sensex ended at 38,645, down 495 points, while the broader NSE Nifty50 settled at 11,594, slipping 158 points.<strong> </strong>(Image: Stock Image)
3. Markets At Close On Monday: The Indian stock market fell the most in nearly two weeks on Monday as crude oil prices rose and pushed the rupee to a six-week low. The BSE Sensex ended at 38,645, down 495 points, while the broader NSE Nifty50 settled at 11,594, slipping 158 points. (Image: Stock Image)
4. Crude Oil: Brent crude futures were at $74.33 per barrel at 0051 GMT, up 0.4 percent from their last close and not far off 2019 highs of $74.52 reached on Monday. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $65.79 per barrel, up 0.4 percent from their previous settlement, and also just a notch below their $65.92 2019 peak from Monday. (Image: Reuters)
4. Crude Oil: Brent crude futures were at $74.33 per barrel at 0051 GMT, up 0.4 percent from their last close and not far off 2019 highs of $74.52 reached on Monday. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $65.79 per barrel, up 0.4 percent from their previous settlement, and also just a notch below their $65.92 2019 peak from Monday. (Image: Reuters)
5. Rupee: The rupee closed at 69.67, down 32 paise against the US dollar on Monday. The Indian currency was trading at a six week-low on the back of higher oil prices. (Image: Reuters)
5. Rupee: The rupee closed at 69.67, down 32 paise against the US dollar on Monday. The Indian currency was trading at a six week-low on the back of higher oil prices. (Image: Reuters)
6. Dollar: In the currency market, the dollar index, which measures the greenback against six major currencies, eased 0.2 percent overnight and last traded steady at 97.328. The index hit a two-week high of 97.485 on Thursday, before the start of Good Friday and the Easter weekend. (Image: Reuters)
6. Dollar: In the currency market, the dollar index, which measures the greenback against six major currencies, eased 0.2 percent overnight and last traded steady at 97.328. The index hit a two-week high of 97.485 on Thursday, before the start of Good Friday and the Easter weekend. (Image: Reuters)
7. FIIs & DIIs: Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) bought shares worth Rs 73 crore on a net basis, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) sold shares worth Rs 68 crore on April 22. (Image: Getty Images)
7. FIIs & DIIs: Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) bought shares worth Rs 73 crore on a net basis, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) sold shares worth Rs 68 crore on April 22. (Image: Getty Images)
8. US-Iran Sanctions: The Trump administration on Monday said it will not renew exemptions granted last year to buyers of Iranian oil, a more stringent than the expected decision that caught several key importers who have been pleading with Washington to continue buying Iranian oil sanctions-free. Iran's oil exports have dropped to about 1 million barrels per day (bpd) from more than 2.5 million bpd prior to the re-imposition of sanctions. (Image: Reuters)
8. US-Iran Sanctions: The Trump administration on Monday said it will not renew exemptions granted last year to buyers of Iranian oil, a more stringent than the expected decision that caught several key importers who have been pleading with Washington to continue buying Iranian oil sanctions-free. Iran's oil exports have dropped to about 1 million barrels per day (bpd) from more than 2.5 million bpd prior to the re-imposition of sanctions. (Image: Reuters)
9. India-Iran Imports: India said on Monday it is studying the implications of the US decision to no longer exempt it from penalties for importing oil from Iran. The US said it has decided that five major countries, including India, will no longer be exempt from penalties if they continue to import Iranian oil.
9. India-Iran Imports: India said on Monday it is studying the implications of the US decision to no longer exempt it from penalties for importing oil from Iran. The US said it has decided that five major countries, including India, will no longer be exempt from penalties if they continue to import Iranian oil. "We have seen the announcement by the US Secretary of State. We are studying the implications of the decision and will make a statement at an appropriate time," sources told Reuters. (Image: Reuters)
10. Phase 3 Lok Sabha Elections: People in 15 states will vote on Tuesday in the third phase of Lok Sabha elections scheduled for Tuesday which will see a maximum of 117 seats going to the polls in a single phase of the seven-phased election. Voting will be completed in all seats of Gujarat, Kerala, Goa, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Karnataka, Kerala, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu with the third phase polls. The presidents of the two main political parties are in the fray in the third phase with BJP chief Amit Shah making his Lok Sabha election debut from Gandhinagar and Congress President Rahul Gandhi contesting from Wayanad. (Image: Reuters)
10. Phase 3 Lok Sabha Elections: People in 15 states will vote on Tuesday in the third phase of Lok Sabha elections scheduled for Tuesday which will see a maximum of 117 seats going to the polls in a single phase of the seven-phased election. Voting will be completed in all seats of Gujarat, Kerala, Goa, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Karnataka, Kerala, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu with the third phase polls. The presidents of the two main political parties are in the fray in the third phase with BJP chief Amit Shah making his Lok Sabha election debut from Gandhinagar and Congress President Rahul Gandhi contesting from Wayanad. (Image: Reuters)
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