Indian shares set to open higher on strong macroeconomic data

BENGALURU (Reuters) – Indian shares were set to open higher on Wednesday, with the benchmark Nifty 50 and Sensex hovering around record highs, after data showed retail inflation eased and industrial output rose.

India’s GIFT Nifty on the NSE International Exchange was up 0.22% at 20,073.50 at 7:51 a.m. IST.

The benchmark Nifty 50 and the S&P BSE Sensex closed little changed in a volatile session on Tuesday.

Data released after the bell showed that India’s retail inflation eased in August to 6.83%, lower than the estimate of 7%, but still above the upper end of the Reserve Bank of India’s 2%-6% target range, aided by a moderation in food prices.

Industrial output rose at its fastest pace in five months in July to 5.7%, supported by strong mining and electricity activity.

The blue-chip Nifty 50 has hit record highs over the last two sessions, while the S&P BSE Sensex is less than 1% shy of the all-time high hit on July 20.

Small-caps and mid-caps lost 4.1% and 3.07%, respectively, recording their steepest intraday fall in 2023 on Tuesday, as selling pressure emerged at near-record-high levels.

Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) sold 10.47 billion rupees ($126.38 million) worth of shares on a net basis on Tuesday, while their domestic counterparts bought 2.59 billion rupees worth of shares, exchange data showed.

Wall Street equities closed lower overnight ahead of key inflation data, due later today. Asian markets were subdued. [MKTS/GLOB]

Brent crude futures jumped above $92 per barrel to a 10-month high, on tightening supply and fears of supply disruption due to storms in Libya.

A rise in crude oil prices is a negative for importers like India, where the commodity accounts for a significant share of the import bill. [O/R]


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($1 = 82.8470 Indian rupees)

(Reporting by Bharath Rajeswaran and Archishma Iyer in Bengaluru; Editing by Janane Venkatraman)