* Nifty futures on the Singapore Exchange
rose 0.28percent. The MSCI-Asia Pacific index excluding Japan
fell 0.27 percent.
* Asian shares tracked Wall Street lower on Thursday as weakforecasts from U.S. corporate bellwethers underscored concernover global demand, particularly from China, and kept oil andother commodity prices under pressure.
* Foreign investors bought 4.07 billion rupees of stocks onWednesday, when the BSE index
fell 0.86 percent,provisional exchange data showed.* Investors are looking forward to October quarter earningsthat begin later this week when information technology companyInfosys
and private sector bank HDFC Bank
report their second-quarter results.