Reuters Market Eye - Rupee trading higher. The pair is at 53.09/11 versus 53.155/165 on Wednesday.
The BSE Sensex is down 0.3 percent in opening trades.
Provisional figures show foreign funds bought $213.79 million of equities on Wednesday, ahead of NTPC's share sale.
The floor price for state-run power utility NTPC's share sale, scheduled for Thursday, has been set at 145 rupees, or a 4.5 percent discount to its Wednesday's close, said the company, valuing the sale at about $2.14 billion.
Advance GDP estimates for 2012/13 will be watched for any greenshoots in the economy after recent reform steps.
The rupee will strengthen slightly over the next 12 months, building on recent gains following a series of reforms by the government aimed at bringing its finances under control, a Reuters poll showed.
(Reporting by Subhadip Sircar)
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With the Nifty breaching 8,500, sentiments are again bullish. But markets have been in the 8,200-8,600 range for some time and stocks across the board do not give the required confidence except for the liquidity factor. Many frontline stocks are not participating on the upside and the core sector is in a downtrend, writes Ambareesh Baliga. Column