MUMBAI India's stock markets ended slightly lower on Thursday after short-covering tied to the expiry of derivatives lifted some shares, while broader gains were capped after the U.S. Federal Reserve kept open the prospect of more rate hikes this year.
The broader Nifty ended 0.18 percent lower, while the benchmark BSE Sensex lost 0.09 percent.
Investors will keep an eye out for quarterly earnings of ICICI Bank (ICBK.NS), Bharti Airtel (BRTI.NS) and Maruti Suzuki (MRTI.NS) expected post market close.
(Reporting by Karen Rebelo in Mumbai; Editing by Anand Basu)
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