Key benchmarks firmed up in morning trade. At 10:20 IST, the barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, was up 217.25 points or 0.58% at 37,935.21. The Nifty 50 index was up 85.90 points or 0.76% at 11,455.80. Positive leads from Asian markets and overnight gains on the Wall Street boosted investors sentiment.
The market breadth, indicating the overall health of the market, was strong. On BSE, 1553 shares rose and 526 shares fell. A total of 110 shares were unchanged.
Metal shares were in demand. Jindal Steel & Power (up 4.62%), Hindustan Zinc (up 2.39%), Steel Authority of India (up 2%), Hindalco Industries (up 1.91%), JSW Steel (up 1.79%), Tata Steel (up 1.65%), Vedanta (up 1.63%), Hindustan Copper (up 1.55%), National Aluminium Company (up 0.72%) and NMDC (up 0.66%), edged higher.
Most FMCG shares rose. Tata Global Beverages (up 3.28%), Colgate Palmolive (India) (up 2.1%), GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (up 1.96%), Dabur India (up 1.49%), Godrej Consumer Products (up 0.97%), Marico (up 0.9%), Jyothy Laboratories (up 0.64%), Britannia Industries (up 0.44%) and Nestle India (up 0.42%), edged higher. Bajaj Corp (down 0.11%), Procter & Gamble Hygiene & Health Care (down 0.48%) and Hindustan Unilever (down 0.49%), edged lower.
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.
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.
Meanwhile, China reported better-than-expected industrial output and retail sales on Friday, but a key investment gauge fell to a fresh record low. Industrial output rose 6.1% in August from a year earlier, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said, a tick better than July. But production of key goods including motor vehicles and transport equipment actually fell. Output of cars barely grew, while crude steel production increased by just a third of the pace in the previous month. Retail sales rose 9% on-year. Fixed-asset investment growth slowed to 5.3% in January-August from the same period a year earlier, weighed down once again by slowing infrastructure growth.
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."
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