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Weak start on the cards
11-Jan-18   08:10 Hrs IST

Market may edge lower in early trade tracking sluggishness in Asian stocks and overnight declines on Wall Street. Trading of Nifty 50 index futures on the Singapore stock exchange indicates that the Nifty could fall 14 points at the opening bell.

Overseas, Asian stocks edged lower after Wall Street slipped overnight on China bond report. US stocks fell yesterday, 10 January 2018 as investors fretted over the possibility of China halting its Treasury bond purchases and the US pulling out of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Closer home, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth a net Rs 572.26 crore yesterday, 10 January 2018, as per provisional data released by the stock exchanges. Domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought shares worth a net Rs 600.24 crore yesterday, 10 January 2018, as per provisional data.

Among corporate news, IndusInd Bank and TCS are scheduled to announce their Q3 December 2017 results today, 11 January 2018.

On the macro front, according to the World Bank's Global Economic Prospects report released yesterday, 10 January 2018, India is likely to reclaim its position from China as the fastest growing major economy in 2018, with growth expected to accelerate to 7.3% in the year. The World Bank also revised India's growth estimate for 2017 to 6.7% from 7% projected in October, blaming short-term disruptions caused by the newly introduced goods and services tax (GST) and a softer-than-envisioned recovery in private investment. The report projected China's economic growth to slow to 6.4% in 2018 from 6.8% in 2017.

Meanwhile, the government is scheduled to announce industrial production data for November 2017 tomorrow, 12 January 2018. India's industrial production increased by 2.2% year-on-year in October, easing from an upwardly revised 4.1% gain in September.

The government will also announce tomorrow, 12 January 2018, inflation data based on consumer price index (CPI) for December 2017. Consumer prices increased 4.88% year-on-year in November, higher than 3.58% in October.

The stock market closed the lackluster trading session on a flat note yesterday, 10 January 2018. The Sensex had fallen 10.12 points or 0.03% to settle at 34,433.07, its lowest closing level since 8 January 2018.

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