The benchmark indices ended marginally lower on Thursday afternoon amid thin trade. The S&P BSE Sensex ended the day at 34,047, down 137 points while the broader Nifty50 index settled at 10,458, down 34 points.
The markets will remain closed on Friday, March 2, 2018, on account of Holi.
Among sectoral indices, Nifty PSU Bank index fell 1.87% on Thursday led by a decline in the shares of Indian Bank, Canara Bank and Bank of India.
Venky’s (India) continued its upward march for the seventh straight trading day, hitting a new high of Rs 4,530, up 15% on the BSE in an otherwise subdued market. The stock rallied 69% from Rs 2,673 on February 20, 2018, as compared to 1.3% rise in the S&P BSE Sensex.
Fortis Healthcare was trading flat on Thursday even after the company reported a consolidated net loss of Rs 191 million for the quarter ended December 2017 against a profit of Rs 4.5 billion year-ago periods.
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Avenue Supermarts Ltd (ASL) is an emerging national supermarket chain (D mart) , with a focus on value-retailing. According to Technopak, in Fiscal 2016 ASL was one of the largest and the most profitable F&G retailer in India. It offers a wide range of products with a focus on the Foods, Non-Foods (FMCG) and General Merchandise & Apparel product categories. ASL opened its first store in Mumbai, Maharashtra in 2002. As of January 31, 2017, it had 118 stores with Retail Business Area of 3.59 million sq.ft, located across 45 cities in Maharashtra (59), Gujarat (27), Telangana (13), Karnataka (7), Andhra Pradesh (4), Madhya Pradesh (3), Chhattisgarh (1), NCR (1), Daman (1) and Rajasthan (2). At the end of the nine months period ended December 31, 2016 and Fiscals 2016, 2015 and 2014, the company had 117, 110, 89 and 75 stores with Retail Business Area of 3.57 million sq. ft., 3.33 million sq. ft., 2.66 million sq. ft. and 2.14 million sq. ft., respectively.
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