Indian markets steady in early trade ahead of cabinet meeting, inflation figures

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 13, 2019, 10.53 AM (IST)

Indian markets led by banking and public sector undertakings (PSUs) opened with slight gains as investors awaited the retail inflation data and outcome of cabinet meeting due to be announced later today.

As per the latest trends, BSE Sensex rose 19.6 points or 0.05 per cent at 40,364.71, while NSE Nifty was up 4.95 points or 0.04 per cent at 11,918.4. 

"Investors are expecting details about stake sale in some PSUs from today's cabinet meeting," said AK Prabhakar, head of research at IDBI Capital in Mumbai, reported Reuters. 

India's industrial output fell at the fastest pace in more than six years in September, which added to the series of indicators that suggest an economic slowdown. Britannia Industries share' rose upto 3.6 per cent after the company posted a higher consolidated net profit for the quarter ending
September on Monday and was the top gainer on Nifty today.

The shares of Yes Bank shares rose upto 3.15 per cent after a report claiming that Hero Corporate Services chairman was in talks to buy a stake in the lender. Along with Yes Bank, TCS, RIL, HCL Tech, Asian Paints, HUL and HDFC Bank, were other gainers in the Sensex pack, rising up to 2.05 per cent in morning trade.

The Asian markets and Wall Street witnessed a fall amid the deadlock in the US-China trade talks and concerns about escalating unrest in Hong Kong hurt demand for risky assets. The US President Donald Trump on Tuesday dubbed China as a cheater in trade despite seeking a truce that will settle the 18-month trade tussle between the United States and China. The markets in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul were trading up to 1.76 per cent lower due to growing protests in Hong Kong. 

On Monday, the Sensex gained 21.47 points or 0.05 per cent and closed at 40,345.08. Similarly, the Nifty rose 5.30 points, or 0.04 per cent, at 11,913.45. The markets were closed on Tuesday for Guru Nanak Jayanti. 

The Indian rupee shed 19 paise (intra-day) against the US dollar to trade at 71.66 in early session on Wednesday.

(with inputs from agencies)


 

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As per the latest trends, BSE Sensex rose 19.6 points or 0.05 per cent at 40,364.71, while NSE Nifty was up 4.95 points or 0.04 per cent at 11,918.4.