BSE Sensex and Nifty edged higher on Monday tracking minor gains in most Asian markets. The Sensex was up 108 points at 25,310 while Nifty inched up 26 points at 7,681.

1) Indian markets are witnessing an exodus from foreign investors who sold a record Rs 16,877 crore worth of domestic stocks in August. On top of that, they sold Indian stocks worth nearly Rs 4,000 crore in the past four sessions.

2) The keenly watched US jobs report, which was released on Friday, failed to allay uncertainty over the timing of a Federal Reserve rate hike, a factor that has been weighing on global equity and currencies for a while.

3) Analysts say that Indian markets are likely to remain volatile till the crucial US Fed meet which is scheduled for September 16-17. An interest rate hike in the US could accelerate the selling from foreign investors who would like to park their money in US bonds.

4) Traders are also watching the value of the rupee which affects the dollar returns of foreign investors. The rupee was down at 66.61/dollar against Friday's close of 66.46.

5) Asian markets were mostly higher on Monday. Japan's Nikkei was up over 1 per cent. On Friday, Wall Street fell over 1.5 per cent on Friday. US markets will be closed today for a holiday.

6) China markets, which reopened today after a four-day weekend, were higher today, with Shanghai Composite up 0.88 per cent.

7) China's top officials over the weekend at the G20 summit said that its financial markets are expected to remain stable and the renminbi is not on course for a long-term devaluation. They also said that fiscal spending will grow faster than expected this year. Finance Minister Lou Jiwei said that central government spending will rise 10 per cent this year.

8) China is headed for its slowest economic expansion in 25 years in 2015 and mainland markets have slumped 40 per cent since mid-June, sending global financial markets skittering.

9) The China Securities Regulatory Commission on Sunday that the country's markets were more stable and risks associated with high levels of leverage have eased following a period of high volatility. China's stock markets have fallen around 40 per cent since mid-June, spooking global markets and investors, and prompting a raft of counter measures from Beijing to stem the drop.

10) Meanwhile, China has revised down its annual economic growth rate in 2014 to 7.3 per cent from the previously released figure of 7.4 per cent. The world's second-largest economy grew 7 per cent in the first half of this year from a year earlier - in line with the government's target for 2015, but recent downbeat data has raised the risk the government could miss the full-year growth target.


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