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10 things you need to know before the opening bell on April 8

Updated : April 08, 2021 08:09 AM IST

The Indian market is likely to open higher on Thursday as the trend on SGX Nifty indicates a positive start for the broader index in India amid mixed global cues. The Nifty futures were trading 51.50 points or 0.35 percent higher at the 14,915.00 level on the Singaporean Exchange at 7:15 am.

 1. Wall Street:  Stocks closed mixed on Wall Street Wednesday, but gains for several Big Tech stocks nudged the S&P 500 to its second record high in three days. Markets have been steadying in recent days as investors become cautiously optimistic about the economic recovery. The S&P 500 rose 0.1 percent to 4,079. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose less than 0.1 percent to 33,446. The Nasdaq fell 0.1 percent to 13,688.
1. Wall Street: Stocks closed mixed on Wall Street Wednesday, but gains for several Big Tech stocks nudged the S&P 500 to its second record high in three days. Markets have been steadying in recent days as investors become cautiously optimistic about the economic recovery. The S&P 500 rose 0.1 percent to 4,079. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose less than 0.1 percent to 33,446. The Nasdaq fell 0.1 percent to 13,688.
 2. Asian equities:  Stocks in Asia-Pacific trade mixed on Thursday morning after the S&P 500 nudged higher to a record closing high overnight. Shares in Australia led gains among the region’s major markets, with the S&P/ASX 200 up 1.18 percent. Mainland Chinese markets, on the other hand, slipped. The Shanghai composite declined 0.26 percent, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index advanced 0.14 percent. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 slipped 0.34 percent. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan sat below the flatline.
2. Asian equities: Stocks in Asia-Pacific trade mixed on Thursday morning after the S&P 500 nudged higher to a record closing high overnight. Shares in Australia led gains among the region’s major markets, with the S&P/ASX 200 up 1.18 percent. Mainland Chinese markets, on the other hand, slipped. The Shanghai composite declined 0.26 percent, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index advanced 0.14 percent. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 slipped 0.34 percent. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan sat below the flatline.
 3. D-Street:  Indian shares ended around a percent higher on Wednesday after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) held repo rate, as widely expected, to support the economy against the backdrop of the second surge in COVID-19 cases. The Sensex ended 460 points higher at 49,662 and the Nifty rose 135 points to settle at 14,819.
3. D-Street: Indian shares ended around a percent higher on Wednesday after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) held repo rate, as widely expected, to support the economy against the backdrop of the second surge in COVID-19 cases. The Sensex ended 460 points higher at 49,662 and the Nifty rose 135 points to settle at 14,819.
 4. Crude oil:  Oil prices eased on Wednesday after US gasoline inventories unexpectedly swelled, fanning fears that new coronavirus outbreaks will weaken the global recovery in fuel demand. Brent crude futures 0.3 percent to $62.53 a barrel by 11:15 am EDT (1515 GMT) and the US West Texas Intermediate crude fell 0.4 percent to $59.08.
4. Crude oil: Oil prices eased on Wednesday after US gasoline inventories unexpectedly swelled, fanning fears that new coronavirus outbreaks will weaken the global recovery in fuel demand. Brent crude futures 0.3 percent to $62.53 a barrel by 11:15 am EDT (1515 GMT) and the US West Texas Intermediate crude fell 0.4 percent to $59.08.
 5. Rupee:  The Indian rupee nosedived 105 paise to mark its biggest single-session drop in over 20 months against the US currency on Wednesday amid concerns over surging COVID-19 cases in the country. At the interbank foreign exchange, the Indian currency settled at 74.47 to the US dollar marking its lowest level since November 13 last year. The rupee also logged its worst single-day fall since August 5, 2019.
5. Rupee: The Indian rupee nosedived 105 paise to mark its biggest single-session drop in over 20 months against the US currency on Wednesday amid concerns over surging COVID-19 cases in the country. At the interbank foreign exchange, the Indian currency settled at 74.47 to the US dollar marking its lowest level since November 13 last year. The rupee also logged its worst single-day fall since August 5, 2019.
 6. Gold:  Gold rallied by Rs 587 to Rs 45,768 per 10 gram in the national capital on Wednesday amid rupee depreciation, according to HDFC Securities. In tandem with a rally in gold, silver also jumped Rs 682 to Rs 65,468 per kilogram from Rs 64,786 per kilogram in the previous trade.
6. Gold: Gold rallied by Rs 587 to Rs 45,768 per 10 gram in the national capital on Wednesday amid rupee depreciation, according to HDFC Securities. In tandem with a rally in gold, silver also jumped Rs 682 to Rs 65,468 per kilogram from Rs 64,786 per kilogram in the previous trade.
 7. RBI policy meet:  The Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) kept the repo rate unchanged in the first bi-monthly monetary policy meet for the financial year 2021-22, governor Shaktikanta Das said on Wednesday. With no change this time as well, the repo rate currently stands at 4 percent. The reverse repo rate has been maintained at 3.35 percent.  Read more.
7. RBI policy meet: The Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) kept the repo rate unchanged in the first bi-monthly monetary policy meet for the financial year 2021-22, governor Shaktikanta Das said on Wednesday. With no change this time as well, the repo rate currently stands at 4 percent. The reverse repo rate has been maintained at 3.35 percent. Read more.
 8. GDP:  The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has retained India's FY22 real GDP growth projection at 10.5 percent. The MPC had projected this during the previous policy announcement.  Read more. 
8. GDP: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has retained India's FY22 real GDP growth projection at 10.5 percent. The MPC had projected this during the previous policy announcement. Read more. 
9.  Retail   inflation : The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) sees the retail inflation for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021 at 5 percent. The central bank further expects inflation to rise by 5.2 percent in Q1 and Q2 FY22, 4.4 percent in Q3, and 5.1 percent in Q4, with risks broadly balanced. R ead more.
9. Retail inflation: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) sees the retail inflation for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021 at 5 percent. The central bank further expects inflation to rise by 5.2 percent in Q1 and Q2 FY22, 4.4 percent in Q3, and 5.1 percent in Q4, with risks broadly balanced. Read more.
 10. COVID-19:  The central government will allow COVID-19 vaccination at public and private workplaces having about 100 eligible beneficiaries from April 11.  Read more .
10. COVID-19: The central government will allow COVID-19 vaccination at public and private workplaces having about 100 eligible beneficiaries from April 11. Read more.
Published : April 08, 2021 08:00 AM IST
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