Friday Closing bell: Sensex up 250 pts, Nifty ends at record closing high; telecom, banks lead


Equity benchmarks closed sharply higher for the second consecutive session as investors cheered macro data and hopes raised for an early resolution to telecom NPAs post telecom deals.

The 30-share BSE Sensex was up 250.47 points at 32,432.69 and the 50-share NSE Nifty rose 71.10 points to 10,167.50.

The market breadth was weak as about 1,431 shares declined against 1,293 advancing shares on the BSE.

Bharti Airtel was up 6 percent, Tata Teleservices up 9 percent and Tata Communications up 2 percent after Airtel decided to buy consumer telecom business of Tata Sons. Bharti Infratel was up 3 percent.

Markets also got a boost after data showed inflation held steady, instead of accelerating as expected, raising tentative hopes the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) would be less hawkish about interest rates.

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Nifty settles below 9,800, down over 1.5% for the week; Sensex ends flat


Benchmark indices pared gains to end flat, losing over 1.5% in the week on foreign fund outflows amid worries that the government may widen its fiscal deficit target of 3.2% of gross domestic product for the year ending in March 2018 to boost an economy that grew at a slower pace than expected.

Broader markets outperformed benchmark indices with BSE Midcap and BSE smallcap indices gaining 0.8% and 1% respectively. Both indices ended over 1% for the week

Foreign investors net selling equities worth $1.1 billion during the month. They had sold worth $2 billion in shares in August.

Bajaj Auto, Adani Ports, GAIL and Eicher Motors gained the most on both indices, while HUL and Wipro were the top losers.

Realty firm Godrej Properties today said it has entered into a joint venture agreement with Royale Builders and Developers to develop a 13-acre group housing project in north Bengaluru.

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Sensex ends flat on Friday, Nifty below 10,100; indices up 1% for the week


Equity benchmarks rebounded in last hour of trade, but ended flat supported by index heavyweights Reliance Industries, HDFC Bank and Infosys. The indices were up 1% for the week.

The S&P BSE Sensex settled at 32,272, up 30 points while the broader Nifty50 index ended at 10,085, down 1 point

Among broader markets, BSE Midcap index underperformed the benchmarks indices, down 0.3% while BSE Smallcap index was up 0.4%

Global stocks remained subdued after North Korea fired another missile over Japan into the Pacific Ocean on Friday, in a sign that Pyongyang remains defiant despite tightening international sanctions.

The Nifty Pharma Index was down 0.5%, breaking its three-day winning streak.

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