The NSE Nifty Future is trading at 10,620.00 up with +0.48% percent or +50.45 point. The Nikkei 225 Future is trading at 22,340.00 up with +0.09% percent or +20.00 point . The Hang Seng Future is trading at 30,093.00 up with +0.19% percent or +56.00 point .
TODAY’S FACTORS AND EVENTS
The heavily weighted financial sector was down 1.77 percent and major banking stocks fell — shares of Westpac fell 3.6 percent while ANZ was down 2.14 percent, Commonwealth Bank was down 1.65 percent and the National Australia Bank lost 2.1 percent.
In earnings news, South Korean tech giant Samsung announced first quarter results. The largest smartphone vendor posted an operating profit of 15.64 trillion Korean won ($14.45 billion) for the three months ended March — in line with an earlier estimate and a 58 percent on-year jump.
Samsung’s consolidated revenue came in at 60.56 trillion won. The company said its first-quarter revenue was mainly driven by its memory chips business and the increased sales of its flagship smartphones such as the Galaxy S9.
PREVIOUS DAY ACTIVITY
For the day the Dow is trading at 24,083.83 up with +0.25% percent or +59.70 point. The S&P 500 is trading at 2,639.40 up with +0.18% percent or +4.84 point. The Nasdaq Composite is trading at 7,003.74 with a loss of -0.052% percent or -3.62 point.
Other leading market index closes included the small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed at 1,550.47 with a loss of -0.18% percent or -2.81 point; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 955.03 with a loss of -0.24% percent or -2.34 point; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index closed at 1,888.01 up with +0.06% percent or +1.19 point; the S&P 100 Index closed at 1,155.38 up with +0.13% percent or +1.54 point; the Russell 3000 Index closed at 1,566.31 up with +0.12% percent or +1.95 point; the Russell 1000 Index closed at 1,463.95 up with +0.15% percent or +2.20 point;