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Market may decline in early trade
12-Dec-17   08:01 Hrs IST

Trading of Nifty 50 index futures on the Singapore stock exchange indicates that the Nifty could fall 8.50 points at the opening bell.

Overseas, Asian stocks were mixed. US equities closed higher yesterday, 11 December 2017, reversing earlier weakness following a terror incident near New York City's Times Square. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 notched record closing highs.

Closer home, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth a net Rs 185.60 crore yesterday, 11 December 2017, as per provisional data released by the stock exchanges. Domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought shares worth a net Rs 108.94 crore yesterday, 11 December 2017, as per provisional data.

Among corporate news, Asian Paints said that it purchased the balance 49% stake in the kitchen solution provider company, Sleek International, from Ahuja Family and the shareholders agreement dated 8 August 2013 with the Ahuja Family has been terminated. Sleek has now become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company. The announcement was made after market hours yesterday, 11 December 2017.

On 8 August 2013, Asian Paints had announced that it acquired 51% stake in Sleek from the Ahuja family by entering into a shareholders agreement with the Ahuja family and Sleek.

NTPC will be watched. The company issued a clarification to the stock exchanges on recent news item appearing in media titled 'CBI registers corruption case against NTPC finance director'. NTPC said it is not aware of any information other than those published in the newspapers or as reported in the media. At this stage no material impact of this article can be considered on the company, it said. The company is not aware of any information that has not been announced to the exchanges under Regulation 30 of Listing Regulations, it added. The clarification was issued after market hours yesterday, 11 December 2017.

On macro front, the government will announce industrial production data for October today, 12 December 2017. India's industrial production increased by 3.8% year-on-year in September, following an upwardly revised 4.5% gain in the previous month in August.

The government will announce today, 12 December 2017, inflation data based on consumer price index (CPI) for November. Consumer prices increased 3.58% year-on-year in October, above 3.28% in September.

On the global front, the US Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) starts its two-day meeting on interest rates today, 12 December 2017. The US Federal Reserve will announce its interest rate decision tomorrow, 13 December 2017. The Federal Reserve left the target range for its federal funds rate unchanged at 1% to 1.25% during its November 2017 meeting as widely expected.

Back home, key benchmark indices settled with modest gains yesterday, 11 December 2017, after a range-bound session of trade, on positive global cues. The Sensex had risen 205.49 points or 0.62% to settle at 33,455.79, its highest closing level since 29 November 2017.

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