Markets are expected to remain volatile today as investors adjust their positions for the Sept series of Futures and Options contracts, which expire today. As per technical evidence, a 'bearish belt hold' pattern was formed on the daily charts yesterday, suggesting indecisive move ahead.
Market participants could also react to Sebi's notification easing the process for on-boarding of overseas investors. The notification simplified KYC requirements for FPis and permits them to carry out off-market transfer of securities
On the global front, investors could react to US President Donald Trump's statement that a deal with China could happen sooner than people think.
That apart, other global cues, stock-specific developments, rupee's trajectory against the dollar and investment by foreign investors would continue to steer market.
Asian stocks were trading higher on Thursday as hopes of a trade deal between Washington and Beijing boosted demand for riskier assets.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.1%, Japan's Nikkei rose 0.45%, and Australian shares were up 0.13%.
On Wall Street, US shares ended higher during the overnight trade on Wednesday. The Dow Jones and the S&P500 gained 0.6% each, while the Nasdaq Composite added 1%.
Back home, domestic indices slipped on Wednesday. The S&P BSE Sensex dipped 504 points, or 1.29%,to settle at 38,593 level. On NSE, the broader Nifty50 ended at 11,440-mark, down 148 points, or 1.28%.
For today, trends on SGX Nifty suggest a flat to positive start for the domestic indices.
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