Key benchmark indices were trading higher in early trade, tracking positive leads from Asian markets and overnight gains on the Wall Street. At 9:20 IST, the barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, was up 181.37 points or 0.48% at 37,899.33. The Nifty 50 index was up 73.45 points or 0.65% at 11,443.35.
The market breadth, indicating the overall health of the market, was strong. On BSE, 940 shares rose and 223 shares fell. A total of 54 shares were unchanged.
Trump said on Thursday that Washington was "under no pressure to make a deal with China, they are under pressure to make a deal with us." He added that the US "will soon be taking in billions in tariffs & making products at home."
Trump's response came after reports on Wednesday said the US was seeking to restart trade negotiations with China as the two economic powerhouses remain locked in conflict with no resolution in sight.
US stocks closed higher Thursday, with the S&P 500 up for a fourth straight session on the back of strong technology shares. News that China may be receptive to overtures from the US on new talks also soothed trade-related jitters.
On the US data front, the consumer-price index rose by 0.2% in August, its fifth straight increase. Separately, initial jobless claims fell slightly in the latest week, coming in at a 49-year low.
Meanwhile, the European Central Bank (ECB) made no change on interest rates, and repeated that it does not expect any changes until summer 2019 at least as it remains on track to end its bond-buying program in December. The ECB slightly trimmed its GDP growth forecasts for both 2018 and 2019, and ECB President Mario Draghi said that risks to the euro area's growth outlook were "broadly balanced."
Back home, Power Grid Corporation of India (up 2.54%), Maruti Suzuki India (up 1.83%), Sun Pharmaceutical Industries (up 1.82%), Vedanta (up 1.74%) and State Bank of India (up 1.70%), were the major Sensex gainers.
On the data front, India's industrial production (base year 2011-12=100) growth remained nearly flat and healthy at 6.6% in July 2018, compared with 6.9% growth recorded in June 2018. The industrial production growth for June 2018 has been revised marginally downwards from 7% increase reported provisionally. The data was announced after market hours on Wednesday, 12 September 2018.
The all-India general consumer price inflation (CPI) inflation dipped 3.69% in August 2018 (new base 2012=100), compared with 4.17% in July 2018. The corresponding provisional inflation rate for rural area was 3.41% and urban area 3.99% in August 2018 as against 4.11% and 4.32% in July 2018. The core CPI inflation declined to 5.90% in August 2018 compared with 6.29% in July 2018. The data was announced after market hours on Wednesday, 12 September 2018.
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