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( As on Jul-20-2018 07:50 )
Indian equity markets may open lower on Friday, tracking bearish trend across SGX Nifty Index Futures and soft cues across other Asian markets. Overseas, Asian stocks were muted, mirroring weakness at Wall Street in overnight trade, as investors digesting comments from the US President Donald Trump on the Federal Reserve. Trump has said that he was "not thrilled" with the central bank hiking interest rates, CNBC reported. In the overnight trade, Wall Street ended lower as market sentiment were dented by disappointing earnings report by banks and consumer products companies. Back home, bearish trends in the SGX Nifty Index Futures for July delivery, which were trading at 10,955.50, down by 22.00 point or 0.20 per cent, at 10:14 AM Singapore time, also indicated a negative opening for local bourses. On the earnings front, Bajaj Auto, Wipro, Bata India, CEAT, Havells India, Just Dial, MCX and L&T Finance Holdings, will announce their quarterly numbers later in the day.

On Thursday, Indian equities ended lower for the second straight session due to selling across index heavyweights such as Kotak Mahindra Bank, Larsen & Toubro, Hero MotoCorp, Tata Steel and Coal India. The broader market witnessed hefty selling with MidCap and SmlCap indices falling as much as 0.63 per cent and 1 per cent, respectively. Shares of Kotak Mahindra Bank plunged 4 per cent after the private sector lender reported 8.8 per cent decline in first quarter consolidated profit after tax at Rs 1,025 as compared to Rs 1,124 crore in March quarter. The 30-share benchmark index closed trade at 36351.23, down by 22.21 points or by 0.06 per cent, and the NSE Nifty ended at 10957.1, down by 23.35 points or by 0.21 per cent.

Top traded Volumes on NSE Nifty were Hindalco Industries Ltd. 33211007.00, YES Bank Ltd. 17050256.00, Tata Steel Ltd. 16808651.00, ICICI Bank Ltd. 15145144.00, Vedanta Ltd. 12107204.00.

On NSE, total number of shares traded was 135.61 Crore and total turnover stood at Rs. 27888.39 Crore.

On NSE Future and Options, total number of contracts traded in index futures was 217047 with a total turnover of Rs. 20231.83 Crore. Along with this total number of contracts traded in stock futures were 928226 with a total turnover of Rs. 62770.89 Crore. Total numbers of contracts for index options were 15990733 with a total turnover of Rs. 1670632.58 Crore and total numbers of contracts for stock options were 888763 with a total turnover of Rs. 66598.08 Crore.

As on July 19, 2018, the FIIs stood as net buyer in debt market, but net seller in equity segment. Gross equity purchased stood at Rs. 4644.94 Crore and gross debt purchased stood at Rs. 1700.83 Crore, while the gross equity sold stood at Rs. 4647.25 Crore and gross debt sold stood at Rs. 1129.60 Crore. Therefore, the net investment of equity and debt reported were Rs. -2.31 Crore and Rs. 571.23.
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