July 4 (Reuters) - GLOBAL MARKETS ROUNDUP * Nifty futures on the Singapore Exchange are up 0.28 percent and the MSCI-Asia Pacific index excluding Japan is 0.65 percent higher. * Asian stocks opened to little fanfare on Thursday with investors cautious as key events including the European Central Bank meeting and the U.S. non-farm payrolls report loomed. * U.S. stocks ended slightly higher in a volatile half-day session on Wednesday as traders squared positions before the holiday and Friday's job market data.
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* The Reserve Bank of India Governor Duvvuri Subbarao will be part of a two-day board meet in the Southern city of Chennai.
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Tender period for Unilever open offer for Hindustan Unilever Ltd ends later in the day.
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Bank of India to reduce base rate from 10.25 pct to 10.00 pct
India resumes coal mining rights grants to power producers
Sun Pharma opts out of Meda race as rupee falls - Business Standard (http://link.reuters.com/cyh49t)
GMR Infra to list coal mine firm on Singapore exchange - Financial Express (http://link.reuters.com/dyh49t)
India raises $43 mln from Hindustan Copper share sale
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