Mumbai: The key Indian equity market indices on Thursday opened flat after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates.
The Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE, which had closed at 35,739.16 points on Wednesday, opened higher at 35,743.10 points. Minutes into trading, it was quoting at 35,657.82 points, down by 81.34 points, or 0.23 per cent. At the National Stock Exchange (NSE), the broader 51-scrip Nifty, which had closed at 10,856.70 points on Wednesday, was quoting at 10,819.50 points, down by 37.20 points or 0.34 per cent.
On the back of healthy industrial production data the key Indian equity indices on Wednesday traded in the green with boosted investor sentiments and significant buying was witnessed in healthcare, consumer durables and banking stocks. However, weakness in the global markets arrested the gains. The Sensex was up by 46.64 points or 0.13 per cent at the Wednesday's closing. In the day's trade, the barometer 30-scrip sensitive index had touched a high of 35,877.41 points and a low of 35,715.96 points. The Nifty, too, was up by 13.85 points or 0.13 per cent.
On Thursday, Asian indices were showing a negative trend. Japan's Nikkei 225 was quoting in red, down by 0.52 per cent while Hang Seng was down by 0.58 per cent, South Korea's Kospi was also down by 1.54 per cent. China's Shanghai Composite index was trading in red, down by 0.27 per cent. Overnight, Nasdaq closed in red, down by 0.11 per cent while FTSE 100 was also down marginally at the closing on Wednesday.