February 7, 2013 / 4:12 AM / in 5 years

Rupee higher ahead of GDP, NTPC share sale

Reuters Market Eye - Rupee trading higher. The pair is at 53.09/11 versus 53.155/165 on Wednesday.

A bank employee checks a 500 rupee note at a counter of Yes Bank's microfinance division in Mumbai October 25, 2008. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe/Files

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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