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Trading of Nifty 50 index futures on the Singapore stock exchange indicates that the Nifty could rise 24 points at the opening bell.

Overseas, Asian stocks saw modest gains on Friday as traders awaited news on the US job market and an impending scheduled American tariff hike on Chinese goods.

In US, stocks moved higher on Thursday as investors remained optimistic about prospects for a US-China trade deal despite a looming deadline for the imposition of fresh import tariffs by President Donald Trump.

On economic front, the nation's trade deficit dropped almost 8% in October to a 16-month low, largely because of lower imports from China.

Back home, market ended lower after RBI's surprise move of keeping the rate unchanged. The barometer index, the BSE Sensex, fell 70.70 points or 0.17% to 40,779.59. The Nifty 50 index fell 24.80 points or 0.21% to 12,018.40.

RBI's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) at its meeting on 5 December 2019 decided to keep the policy repo rate under the liquidity adjustment facility (LAF) unchanged at 5.15%. Consequently, the reverse repo rate under the LAF remains unchanged at 4.90%, and the marginal standing facility (MSF) rate and the bank rate at 5.40%.

The trading activity on that day showed that the foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) bought shares worth a net Rs 653.36 crore yesterday, 5 December 2019, as per provisional data released by the stock exchanges. Domestic institutional investors (DIIs) sold shares worth a net Rs 410.49 crore, yesterday, 5 December 2019, as per provisional data.

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First Published: Fri, December 06 2019. 07:55 IST