Sensex, Nifty open in green ahead of monetary policy announcement

Domestic equities staged a strong comeback on Thursday

Benchmark equity indices on Friday finished flat after a day of sedate trading.

The apex bank projected CPI inflation for 2018-19 to stand at 4.7-5.1 percent in first half of 2018-19 and 4.4 percent in second half, including the HRA impact for central government employees, with risks tilted to the upside.

The 30-share index, which had gained almost 400 points in opening trade, made further headway to quote 577.73 points, or 1.75%, higher at 33,596.80 at closing.

The broader NSE Nifty inched up 6.45 points, or 0.06 percent, to 10,331.60.

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The market breadth remained strong.

Equities were also buoyed by favourable global trends after the USA indicated it was open to negotiations in its trade dispute with China, easing fears of a full-blown trade war.

Nasdaq closed in green, up by 1.43 per cent while FTSE 100 was also up by 0.05 per cent at the closing on Wednesday. "PSU banks and pharma stocks outperformed due to gradual accumulation and US FDA approvals", said Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services. In the Asian region, Japan's Nikkei ended 1.53 per cent higher, while Singapore gained 1.97 per cent. Hong Kong and Shanghai markets were shut today for a public holiday. The Dow Jones staged its biggest rebound from an intra-day low in about six weeks.

Losses may however get capped by positive sentiment created by RBI monetary policy which sounded dovish and triggered a sharp rally in the previous session. The Nasdaq jumped 1.45% to end at 7,042 and the S&P 500 rose 1.16% to close at 2,645. -China trade war concerns. In Europe, Frankfurt's DAX fell 0.65 per cent and Paris CAC shed 0.51 per cent in their late morning session.

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