Things to know before the market opens today

Trends on SGX Nifty indicate a gap-down opening for the broader index in India with a loss of 105 points


The Indian equity market is expected to open in the red as trends on the SGX Nifty indicate a gap-down opening for the broader index in India with a loss of 105 points.

The BSE Sensex fell 59 points to 57,833, while the Nifty50 declined 28.30 points to 17,276 and formed bullish candle which resembles Spinning Top kind of pattern formation on the daily charts, continuing to struggle around its 20-day SMA (17,353) for the third session in a row.

As per the pivot charts, the key support levels for the Nifty are placed at 17,203, followed by 17,130. If the index moves up, the key resistance levels to watch out for are 17,365 and 17,454.

Stay tuned to Moneycontrol to find out what happens in the currency and equity markets today. We have collated a list of important headlines across news platforms which could impact Indian as well as international markets:

US Markets

Wall Street ended lower on Friday after escalating tensions in Ukraine and US warnings of a potential Russian invasion prompted investors to dump risky assets in the run-up to a long weekend.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.68 percent to end at 34,079.18 points, while the S&P 500 lost 0.72 percent to 4,348.87. The Nasdaq Composite dropped 1.23 percent to 13,548.07.

The indices logged weekly declines for the second straight week, buffeted by rising tensions between Moscow and the West over Ukraine. For the week, the S&P 500 fell 1.6 percent, the Dow lost 1.9 percent and the Nasdaq declined 1.8 percent.

Asian Markets

Asian share markets pared sharp early losses on Monday as a glimmer of hope emerged for a diplomatic solution to the Russian-Ukraine standoff, though there remained plenty of devil in the detail.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan pared their losses to be down 0.4 percent, while Japan’s Nikkei halved its drop to be down 0.9 percent.

SGX Nifty

Trends on SGX Nifty indicate a gap-down opening for the broader index in India with a loss of 105 points. The Nifty futures were trading around 17,175 levels on the Singaporean exchange.

Russia, France agree to work for east Ukraine ceasefire; Joe Biden willing to meet Vladimir Putin

French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Sunday agreed to work for a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, Macron’s office said.

In a phone conversation lasting 105 minutes, they also agreed on “the need to favour a diplomatic solution to the ongoing crisis and to do everything to achieve one”, the Elysee said, adding that both countries’ foreign ministers would meet “in the coming days”.

US President Joe Biden is also willing to meet Russia’s Vladimir Putin “at any time” to defuse Ukraine war tensions, his top diplomat said Sunday, warning Russia appeared on the verge of invading its neighbor.

Oil jumps on fresh warnings over Ukraine-Russia conflict

Oil prices gained more than $1 in early trade on Monday on rising jitters over potential conflict between Russia and Ukraine, with the US and European Union making clear Russia would face sanctions if it invaded its neighbour.

Brent crude futures were up $1.34, or 1.4 percent, at $94.88 a barrel at 2312 GMT after hitting a high of $95.00 in early trade. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were up $1.68, or 1.8 percent, at $92.75 a barrel after hitting a high of $92.93.

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