* Nifty futures on the Singapore Exchange down 0.6
percent, while the MSCI-Asia Pacific index, excluding Japan
fell 1.44 percent.
* Asian shares fell and the Australian dollar eased on Thursday
as risk sentiment was shaken by talk in global markets overnight
that a hedge fund had been liquidating large positions in
commodities, as well as worries the Federal Reserve could slow
its bond buying programme.
* Foreign investors bought 4.33 billion rupees of stocks, while
domestic institutions sold 5.91 billion rupees of stocks on
Wednesday, when the BSE index rose 0.04 percent.
* Shares are expected to be range-bound until the 2013-14 budget
is unveiled on Feb. 28. The budget session of Indian parliament