Stock market highlights: The stock markets ended flat on Thursday morning, ahead of earnings season and even as polling begins. The Sensex ended 22 points higher at 38,607, while the Nifty closed below the 11,600-mark. Bharti Airtel shares ended 2.2% higher at Rs 347.50, while Bajaj Auto shares closed 2% higher at Rs 2,896.90. Infosys, Vedanta shares closed up to 4% lower in the Sensex.
Asian stocks held near eight-month highs on Thursday and the dollar slipped again on expectations global interest rates will stay lower for longer after a dovish turn by the European Central Bank and milder than expected U.S. inflation. The British pound was little changed after European leaders agreed to extend the deadline for UK to leave the union to the end of October, averting a potential crash out of the bloc on Friday with no divorce deal, Reuters reported. We bring to you LIVE updates.