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Tuesday’s Market Preview: Cautious opening on the cards

The domestic market is likely to open on a cautious note today as its Asian peers were mostly higher in early trade taking cues from the US markets that ended higher on a lower dollar and hopes that the US Federal Reserve will announce steps to boost the economy. The SGX Nifty was down 12.50 points at 6,124 over the close of 6,136.50 on Monday.

The expiry of the October futures and options (F&O) series on Thursday is expected to induce some volatility in the Indian market. Besides, corporate earnings reports will also play a role in directing the market.

The Indian market opened firm yesterday tracking global cues and positive reports from local companies that have declared their quarterly earnings numbers so far. Early gains were supported by across-the-board buying. The market traded in a narrow range after touching the day's peak in late morning trade. However, investors resorted to profit-booking at higher levels, resulting in the indices giving up part of their morning gains but ending the day in the positive zone. The Sensex ended 137.26 points (0.68%) higher at 20,303. The Nifty closed at 6,106, up 39.75 points (0.66%).

Wall Street ended higher overnight on a lower dollar, which increased the appetite for riskier assets like stocks and commodities. Hopes that the US Federal Reserve will announce steps to boost the economy also supported the gains. In other news, existing-home sales rose by more-than-expected in September. Sales of existing homes increased 10% to an annual rate of 4.53 million, according to the National Association of Realtors.

The Dow gained 31.49 points (0.28%) to 11,164. The S&P 500 added 2.54 points (0.21%) to 1,185. The Nasdaq rose 11.46 points (0.46%) to 2,490.85.

Markets in Asia were mostly higher in early trade today, spurred by gains in the US markets and optimism in the region — fuelled by the takeover news of the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) by the Singapore Exchange (SGX).

The Shanghai Composite was up 0.45%, the Hang Seng gained 0.42%, KLSE Composite added 0.10%, Seoul Composite rose 0.08% and Taiwan Weighted was up 0.30%. On the other hand, the Nikkei 225 declined 0.24% and Straits Times shed 0.23%. The SGX Nifty was down 12.50 points at 6,124 over the close of 6,136.50 on Monday.

In the face of flooding of IPOs, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on Monday doubled the limit for retail investors to Rs2 lakh and tightened the norms for firms to guard against unnatural hyping of the issues. The market regulator also paved the way for public offerings by insurance companies by issuing disclosure and accounting norms.

Addressing journalists after a meeting of the SEBI Board, Mr Bhave discussed issues ranging from abuse of issuance of preferential share norms in favour of promoters, to the role of the media and agencies generating coverage for public issues where risk factors are virtually hidden. He, however, said that some more time would be needed to revamp the norms for acquisition of listed firms.

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