Key benchmark indices turned range bound and hovered near flat line in afternoon trade. At 13:18 IST, the barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, was up 14.26 points or 0.04% at 31,761.35. The Nifty index was up 18.30 points or 0.19% at 9,804.35.
The market breadth, indicating the overall health of the market, was positive. On the BSE, 1,394 shares rose and 1,130 shares fell. A total of 142 shares were unchanged.
Most metal shares rose. Jindal Steel & Power (up 1.08%), National Aluminium Company (up 0.67%), Hindalco Industries (up 0.65%), NMDC (up 0.55%), Vedanta (up 0.54%), Hindustan Zinc (up 0.50%), Hindustan Copper (up 0.46%), Steel Authority of India (up 0.40%) and Tata Steel (up 0.14%), edged higher. JSW Steel (down 0.68%) and Bhushan Steel (down 0.75%), edged lower.
Meanwhile, copper price edged higher in the global commodities markets. High Grade Copper for September 2017 delivery was currently up 0.24% at $2.6785 per pound on the COMEX.
Pharmaceutical shares were mixed.
Divi's Laboratories (down 0.65%), GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals (down 0.46%), Alkem Laboratories (down 0.41%), Sun Pharmaceutical Industries (down 0.31%), Cadila Healthcare (down 0.26%), Strides Shasun (down 0.09%), Aurobindo Pharma (down 0.03%) and Dr Reddy's Laboratories (down 0.03%), edged lower. Wockhardt (up 0.18%), Cipla (up 0.25%), Lupin (up 0.26%), Glenmark Pharmaceuticals (up 0.41%), IPCA Laboratories (up 0.52%) and Piramal Enterprises (up 1.28%), edged higher.
Among macro economic data, investors are awaiting industrial output data for the month of May and retail inflation data of June by the government today, 12 July 2017. The government will announce industrial production data for the month of May 2017 after market hours today, 12 July 2017. The data on inflation based on consumer price index (CPI) or retail inflation for June 2017 will also be announced after market hours today, 12 July 2017.
Overseas, European stocks opened higher led by gains in energy shares and miners, as well as strong updates from retailers Burberry and B&M.
Asian stocks were mixed as investors looked ahead to US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's comments. The US stock market remained resilient yesterday, 11 July 2017 with the Nasdaq extending its winning streak to a third session as a pair of political developments dominated the news cycle. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, edged up less than a point to close at 21,409.07. The S&P 500 lost 1.90 points to finish at 2,425.53. The Nasdaq Composite Index rose 16.91 points, or 0.3%, to end at 6,193.30.
In a development in claims that Russia might have meddled in the 2016 US presidential election, Donald Trump's eldest son released correspondence on Tuesday that showed communication with a Russian government attorney.
Meanwhile, investors are awaiting testimony from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Wednesday and Thursday for more cues on the pace of interest-rate increases. On the Fed front, Fed Gov. Lael Brainard, speaking at a conference held at Columbia University, indicated she supports the central bank beginning to reverse its $4.5 trillion balance sheet, but wasn't persuaded on more rate increases after that.
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