March quarter earnings will continue to dominate investor sentiment on Friday. Besides, The Bank of England's status quo on interest rates and an increase in its economic growth forecast are also expected to guide markets.
Data on India’s foreign exchange (Forex) reserves, which will be made public later in the day, will also be keenly awaited.
About 24 companies including Hindustan Unilever, Tata Chemicals, Century Textiles, Cholamandalam Financial Holdings and L&T Technology Services are scheduled to declare their Q4 numbers for the financial year 2018-19 (FY19) today.
While the Asian share markets were subdued on Friday amid thin holiday trade, the US stocks ended in the red during the overnight trade.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 122 points to end at 26,308. S&P 500 and Nasdaq, too, dropped 6.21 and 12.87 points, respectively to end at 2,918 and 8,037 levels.
The UK’s Bank of England kept its interest rate steady at 0.75 per cent but signaled more frequent rate increases than what the market currently expects in the future, subject to the UK’s “smooth exit” from the European Union. It projected a decline in unemployment, greater excess demand than previously predicted and fall in the near-term inflation outlook.