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Opening bell: Sensex, Nifty flat; Paytm falls 2%, LTI Mindtree, ZEE in focus

Feb 22, 2024 09:33 AM IST

Opening bell: Sensex, Nifty flat; LTI Mindtree, ZEE, ITC in focus

Indian shares were muted at open on Thursday, weighed by financials and energy stocks, while Asian peers were marginally higher.

A bird flies past a screen displaying the Sensex results on the facade of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai.(Reuters)
A bird flies past a screen displaying the Sensex results on the facade of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai.(Reuters)

The blue-chip indexes, Nifty 50 <.NSEI> and BSE Sensex were down around 0.02% and 0.06%, respectively, as of 09:18 a.m. IST.

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The rupee stayed firm for the fourth straight session and gained 4 paise to 82.92 against the US dollar in early trade on Thursday, tracking a weak American currency against major overseas rivals.

Forex trader said, however, the Indian currency was under pressure due to subdued equity market sentiment and elevated level of crude oil prices.

At the interbank foreign exchange, the domestic currency opened at 82.94 and gained further to 82.92 against the greenback in initial deals, registering a gain of 4 paise from its previous close.

The rupee settled 1 paisa higher at 82.96 against the US dollar on Wednesday, after witnessing a cumulative gain of 8 paise in the preceding two sessions.

Meanwhile, the dollar index, which gauges the greenback's strength against a basket of six currencies, was trading 0.04 per cent lower at 103.87.

Analysts attributed the retreating dollar index to the US Federal Reserve's minutes that reflected policy makers' cautious approach, ebbing the possibility of interest rate cuts in the immediate future.

Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, rose 0.13 per cent to USD 83.14 per barrel.

In the domestic equity market, the 30-share BSE Sensex was trading 32.44 points or 0.04 per cent lower at 72,590.65 points. The broader NSE Nifty slipped 3.60 points or 0.02 per cent to 22,051.45 points.

Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) were net buyers in the capital markets on Wednesday as they purchased shares worth 284.66 crore, according to exchange data.

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