Indian stocks set for muted opening; Fed meet in focus | Whuff News

BENGALURU (Reuters) – Indian stocks may have had a weak start on Wednesday, after gains for four straight sessions, amid worries in other Asian equities and Wall Street overnight ahead of the decision of the US Federal Reserve’s policy meeting.

NSE India stock futures, listed on the Singapore exchange, were 0.05% lower at 0204 GMT. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.2%. [MKTS/GLOB]

The NSE Nifty 50 index closed 0.74% higher at 18,145.40 on Tuesday, and the S&P BSE Sensex rose 0.62% higher to 61,121.35.

Overnight, a survey showing US job openings unexpectedly rose in September hurt hopes the Fed might slow the pace of interest rate hikes.

The Fed is widely expected to raise interest rates by 75 basis points on Wednesday, while investors will be looking for clues about the central bank’s future rate hike plans.

The Reserve Bank of India’s Monetary Policy Committee meeting is also pending. Scheduled for November 3, the policy-setting committee will potentially discuss its response to the government over its failure to maintain its inflation target for three consecutive quarters.

On the revenue side, Adani Transmission Ltd, Jindal Stainless Ltd and Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Ltd are among the companies expected to report their quarterly results later today.

Meanwhile, foreign institutional investors bought 26.10 billion Indian rupees ($315.79 million) worth of net equity on Tuesday, while domestic investors sold 7.30 billion rupees worth of shares, according to provisional data available with the National Stock Exchange.

Stocks to watch:

** Metals-to-oil conglomerate Vedanta Ltd expects annual revenue of $50 billion in the next two to three years, roughly double the revenue forecast for fiscal year 2023, as it looks to ramp up production, including metals used in electric car battery, said its chairman.

** Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone APSE.NS, India’s largest private port operator, reported a 69% jump in quarterly profit on Tuesday, driven by strong cargo volumes.

** Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd on Tuesday reported a 10.5% rise in second-quarter profit led by a surge in specialty drug sales.

** IT services provider Tech Mahindra reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue on Tuesday, helped by strong demand and the company also declared a special dividend.

** Kansai Nerolac Paints Ltd reported a weaker-than-expected rise in second-quarter profit on Tuesday, hurt by higher input costs and pressure on demand from unseasonal rain.

** Voltas Ltd posted a loss for the second quarter on Tuesday, hurt by higher expenses and one-off expenses related to contract terminations.

($1 = 82.6500 Indian rupees)

(Reporting by Rama Venkat in Bengaluru)

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