Sensex, Nifty open lower on global cues

Tata Consultancy Services Chief Executive Officer Rajesh Gopinathan attends a news conference announcing the company's quarterly results in Mumbai

The benchmark Sensex of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) gained 147 points while Nifty reclaimed 10600-mark in early trade today on sustained buying by the DIIs investors amid firm Asian cues. Markets in Asia opened lowered on Wednesday, following an overnight drop in USA stocks where the Dow fell more than 400 points. Meanwhile, the broad based NSE Nifty went up by 29.65 or 0.28% at 10,614.35 with 23 components registering rise.

The rupee depreciated 21 paise to 66.59 against the United States dollar today at the interbank foreign exchange due to appreciation of the greenback amid rising USA bond yields and surge in global crude oil prices. Bharti Airtel rose almost 3 per cent while Reliance Industries gained almost 1 per cent.

On the other hand, Wipro (3.30%), Infosys (2.49%), Tata Steel (1.23%), State Bank Of India (0.87%), Tata Consultancy Services (0.87%), Kotak Mahindra Bank (0.73%), and were the biggest losers in the Sensex.

About 1,478 shares declined against 1,179 advancing shares on the BSE. Brent crude futures were up 0.28 percent at Dollars 74.92 a barrel and U.S. crude futures were up 0.55 percent at USD 69.02 a barrel. Chinese shares climbed 1.9 percent, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose 1 percent.

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Oil prices slipped back from near 3-1/2-year highs as talks between U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron eased concerns Washington may reinstate sanctions against Iran, although Trump refrained from committing to staying in a 2015 nuclear deal. The BSE Information Technology index rose the most-1.24% or 163 points to 13,360 level.

The gainers included Yes Bank, M&M, Adani Ports, ICICI Bank, L&T, HDFC, Bajaj Auto, Dr Reddy's and ONGC.

On a net basis, domestic institutional investors had bought shares worth a net Rs 111.01 crore, while foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth a net Rs 21.02 crore on Friday.

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