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March 03,2021

SGX Nifty:

Trading of Nifty 50 index futures on the Singapore stock exchange indicates that the Nifty could rise 22 points at the opening bell.

Global markets:

Overseas, Asian stocks are trading mixed on Wednesday, as a private survey showed slowing services sector activity in China last month. The Caixin/Markit services Purchasing Managers' Index came in at 51.5 for February, a decline from January's reading of 52. PMI readings above 50 represent expansion while those below that level signify contraction.

Japan's services sector extended declines in February for a 13th straight month. The final au Jibun Bank Japan Services Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) came in at a seasonally adjusted 46.3.

U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday led by technology names, as the market gave back some of the strong gains from the previous session.

In coronavirus developments, U.S. President Joe Biden said Tuesday the country will have a large enough supply of coronavirus vaccines to inoculate every adult in the nation by the end of May — two months earlier than previously expected.

Domestic markets:

Back home, key equity indices advanced for the second session and closed near the day's high with strong gains on Tuesday. The Sensex settled above the 50,000 mark while the Nifty managed to close above the 14,900 mark amid strong buying in the last hour of the trading session. The barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, climbed 447.05 points or 0.90% at 50,296.89. The Nifty 50 index surged 157.55 points or 1.07% at 14,919.10.

Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) bought shares worth Rs 2,223.16 crore, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs), were net sellers to the tune of Rs 854.04 crore in the Indian equity market on 2 March, provisional data showed.

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