Indian shares set to open higher ahead of RBI rate decision

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BENGALURU, June 7 (Reuters) -Indian shares are set to open higher on Wednesday, tracking global peers, ahead of the Reserve Bank of India's monetary policy decision and on hopes of an interest rate pause by other major central banks.

India's NSE stock futures listed on the Singapore exchange SINc1 were up 0.11% at 18,699, as of 8:10 a.m. IST.

Wall Street equities closed higher overnight, with the S&P 500 .SPX and Nasdaq Composite .IXIC indexes closing at fresh 2023 highs, ahead of rate decisions from the U.S. Federal Reserve, European Central Bank and Bank of Japan, due next week.

The Fed is expected to abstain from raising rates, in the light of key macroeconomic data. Asian markets were mostly higher. MKTS/GLOB

Investors also await the RBI's monetary policy decision on June 8. The central bank is expected to leave its key interest rate unchanged this week and for the rest of 2023, a Reuters poll of economists showed.

Both the Nifty 50 .NSEI and Sensex .BSESN indexes reversed intraday losses in the final hour, to extend their winning streak to a third session in a row on Tuesday.

Analysts expect the benchmarks to see another session of consolidation, ahead of the RBI's monetary policy decision. They anticipate focus shifting to interest-sensitive sectors.

Foreign institutional investors bought 3.86 billion rupees ($47 million) worth of Indian equities on Tuesday, while domestic investors sold 4.89 billion rupees of shares on a net basis, as per provisional NSE data.

Foreign investors' buying in Indian shares hit a nine-month high in May, with financial services attracting a lion's share of investments.


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($1 = 82.5316 Indian Rupees)

Reporting by Bharath Rajeswaran in Bengaluru; Editing by Sonia Cheema


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