Nifty ends above 10,250, up 1.4% for the week; Sensex ends 301 pts higher


Benchmark indices rose for the second straight session on Friday amid hopes the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would win critical state elections in Gujarat beginning this weekend, while automakers gained on reports of an expected price hike next year.

The election in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state is a key test for the BJP, ahead of general elections in 2019. The results will be out later this month.

According to polls, the BJP could win, but with a reduced majority – an outcome that would still soothe investors, who are hoping for more political stability and have largely welcomed Modi’s reform agenda.

The S&P BSE Sensex ended at 33,250, up 301 points while the broader Nifty50 index settled at 10,265, up 98 points. Broader markets were in line with the frontline indices with BSE Midcap up 0.9% and BSE smallcap up 1%

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Markets extend losses on geopolitical concerns on Friday; Nifty ends below 9,200



The benchmark indices on Friday extended losses to end lower as global markets dipped after the United States launched cruise missiles against an airbase in Syria, while back home expectations of no further rate cuts this year by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) also impacted the sentiment.

The S&P BSE Sensex ended at 29,706, down 221 points, while the broader Nifty50 settled at 9,198, down 64 points.

In the broader market, the S&P BSE Midcap and the S&P BSE Smallcap indices pared all intraday gains to end 0.3% and 0.5% lower.

The breadth, indicating the overall health of the market, turned negative. On the BSE, 1,620 shares declined and 1,293 shares rose. A total of 129 shares were unchanged.

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