India's stock markets\u00a0started on a cautious note on Thursday as investors were keenly awaiting the major third-quarter earnings beginning with the blue-chip firms such as TCS and IndusInd Bank. BSE Sensex started at 34,471.48, up by\u00a038.41 points while NSE Nifty\u00a0began the day at 10,637.05, just\u00a04.85 points up from Wednesday's closing. Within minutes of trading activity, both the key equity indices fell into negative territory and continued to\u00a0hover\u00a0around opening marks. Shares of TCS and IndusInd Bank\u00a0shed a little due to profit booking ahead of their respective third-quarter\u00a0earnings.\u00a0Going ahead in this week, the domestic markets are likely to be steered by upcoming quarterly results of TCS,\u00a0IndusInd Bank and Infosys and also with the release of macroeconomic data including industrial production and inflation.\u00a0Among the \u2018A\u2019 group shares\u00a0on BSE,\u00a0stocks of Aban Offshore, Symphony, Jubilant Life Sciences, Jai Corp, and Jindal Saw surged between 6%\u00a0and 10% whereas Fortis Healthcare, RCom, and Videocon lost between 2% to 7%. Today, 11 January 2018, India\u2019s largest IT company TCS and one of the prominent private sector lender IndusInd Bank are all set to\u00a0release their respective third-quarter earnings report card while India\u2019s second-largest IT company Infosys\u00a0will announce its Q3 earnings on 12 January 2018. Shares of Infosys, Tata Motors, ONGC, Tata Steel, HDFC, Kotak Mahindra Bank emerged as the only notable gainers among the Sensex stocks today\u00a0rising up to 1.1% while shares of Coal India, Wipro, ICICI Bank, Yes Bank, Sun Pharma, Axis\u00a0Bank, Asian Paints and Bajaj Auto lost up to 1.2%.\u00a0In the week ahead, the global cues such as rising crude oil prices, combined with the direction of foreign fund flows and the rupee\u2019s movement against the US dollar, will also impact investors\u2019 risk-taking appetite. The three major US stock indexes ended lower on Wednesday after a choppy trading session as investors worried that China would slow US government bond purchases that US President Donald Trump would end a key trade agreement, Reuters said in a report. The S&P and the Nasdaq snapped a six-day rally after Bloomberg reported that China, the world's biggest holder of US Treasuries, could slow or stop buying the government bonds, Reuters added. The report sent Treasury yields to a 10-month high.\u00a0The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 16.67 points, or 0.07 percent, to 25,369.13, the S&P 500 lost 3.06 points, or 0.11 percent, to 2,748.23 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 10.01 points, or 0.14 percent, to 7,153.57.