Indian shares opened marginally higher on Thursday, as gains in autos, pharma and energy were capped by fears about the new Omicron coronavirus variant after the United States became the latest country to report a case.
The blue-chip NSE Nifty 50 index was up 0.35% at 17,227.50 by 0358 GMT, while the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex rose 0.31% to 57,864.75.
The Nifty Auto index was up about 0.76% in early trade
Shares of direct to home service provider Dish TV India Ltd was up 4.8%, after a media report that telecom operator Bharti Airtel was in early talks to acquire a majority stake in the company. Airtel stock fell about 0.12%.