A Ministry of Commerce spokesperson did not mention any U.S. actions specifically, but it's been a tense couple of weeks for the trade negotiations.World Politicsread more
U.S. stock index futures were lower Thursday morning, as market participants continue to monitor an intensifying trade war between the world's two largest economies.US Marketsread more
British Prime Minister Theresa May could announce her resignation in the next few days, according to U.K. media reports, as she faces increasing pressure from members of her...Europe Politicsread more
A federal judge in New York City on Wednesday said Deutsche Bank and Capital One can turn over financial documents related to President Donald Trump and his businesses in...Politicsread more
Chinese government-aligned experts are stressing that the U.S. will need to negotiate a trade agreement with Asia's largest economy.China Economyread more
Escalating trade tensions have hit emerging markets hard this month. With the trade war still a looming fear for markets, Miller Tabak equity strategist Matt Maley is making a...Trading Nationread more
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's consumer business, said Huawei's own operating system for smartphones and laptops could be ready for use in China by fall this year.Technologyread more
Shares of Chinese telecommunications heavyweight Huawei's suppliers took a hit on Thursday amid the ongoing fallout surrounding the Chinese telecommunications giant.Asia Marketsread more
Lawmakers, lobbyists and CEOs in the U.S. are looking to trying to pick out the best parts of the EU's privacy law called GDPR – and ditch what they see as the worst.Technologyread more
Indian Prime Minister Modi is on course to return to power for a second term after his party reportedly won big at the parliamentary elections.Electionsread more
The embattled German lender saw its share price hit a record low Monday, down nearly 5% since the start of the year.Banksread more
India's benchmark stocks surged to fresh highs this week — after busting a previous record earlier this month, as elections go into full swing in the world's largest democracy.
On Thursday morning, India's benchmark S&P BSE Sensex index surged past the 39,420 mark to a new high in early trade. It came just two days after another record high on Tuesday, when the index closed at 39,275.64.
The BSE Sensex had earlier broken past the 39,000 level for the first time on April 2.
Similarly, the broader Nifty 50 rose to an all-time high of 11,856.15 on Thursday, also surpassing its previous record on Tuesday at about 11,810.
Analysts attributed those moves to optimism surrounding India's election, which started last week, and is taking place in seven phases over six weeks. On Thursday, voting in the second phase kicked off.
"To a great extent, this move likely point(s) to the tendency for investors to factor in a favourable outcome at the elections and take profit after the final verdict," DBS economist Radhika Rao told CNBC in an email.
Prakash Sakpal, Asia economist at Dutch bank ING, also added that the surge is likely due to markets being in favor of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party winning.
The coalition led by Modi's party is up against the Indian National Congress and its allies. But Modi's coalition is predicted to win 273 of the 543 parliament seats being contested, one seat more than the number needed to govern, Reuters reported earlier this month.
"The recent rally in Indian risky assets appears as market re-pricing for the incumbent Modi administration remaining in power for another term," Sakpal said. "The markets view such an outcome positive for the economy given that a stable government will ensure the continuation of current economic policies in the future."
Rao from DBS also pointed to other factors, such as a dovish U.S. Federal Reserve and China's stimulus-driven growth "taking hold."
On Wednesday, Beijing said its economy expanded by 6.4 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2019, topping the 6.3 percent that analysts polled by Reuters had expected. Analysts attributed the better-than-expected performance to measures taken by Beijing to support its economy.
"Domestically, equity markets have benefited from a return from offshore investors, (merger and acquisition) flows and optimism over the election outcome," Rao added.
In a note last week, ANZ Research pointed to record high stock inflows from foreign investors, which amounted to $6.1 billion in March.
"Foreign investors are buying Indian equities on expectations of policy continuity following the general elections, and also amid the prospect of further RBI rate cuts helping to lift economic activity," said Khoon Goh, the head of Asia research at ANZ.
India's central bank cut rates in April for the second time this year. Analysts say another rate cut could come in June or August. Lower interest rates typically encourage business and consumer spending, and help lift the flagging economy.
— CNBC's Yen Nee Lee contributed to this report.