BENGALURU — Indian shares opened flat on Thursday as auto stocks negated gains in public sector banks, with lingering concerns about global economic recovery also weighing on market sentiment.
The blue-chip NSE Nifty 50 index was down 0.04% to 17,703.9 by 0350 GMT and the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex was 0.05% lower at 59,384.8.
Indian equities were set to mark their fifth straight monthly gain as accommodative monetary policy and easing COVID-19 restrictions lifted investor sentiment.
Public sector banks advanced 0.6%, driven by a 16% jump in Indian Overseas Bank after the country’s central bank took it out of the prompt corrective action framework over an improvement in its financial profile.
Auto stocks declined 0.3%, with Hero Motocorp falling 0.9% to be the biggest loser on the Nifty 50 index.
Shares in broader Asia were steady following multiple sessions of losses even as risks from China’s worsening power crunch and a possible default by China Evergrande loomed. (Reporting by Soumyajit Saha in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)