Indices end flat on Friday, Nifty holds 10,800; Max India rallies 20%


After witnessing a rangebound session throughout the day, the domestic equity market ended with marginal gains on Friday, led by buying in telecom, IT and energy stocks. The S&P BSE Sensex added 33 points or 0.1 per cent to settle at 35,963, with Bharti Airtel (up 5 per cent) being the top gainer and HDFC (down nearly 2 per cent) the worst laggard. The broader Nifty50 index of National Stock Exchange (NSE) closed the day at 10,805, up 14 points or 0.13 per cent. Out of 50 constituents, 29 ended in the green while 21 in the red.

A total of 2,704 companies traded on BSE, out of which 1,260 advanced and 1,300 declined while 144 stocks remained unchanged.

Among the sectoral indices, the Nifty Pharma index is trading around 0.5 per cent lower weighed by Aurobindo Pharma and Divi’s Laboratories.

The broader market indices are moving in line with benchmarks. S&P BSE Midcap index is trading 0.16 per cent lower at 15,139 levels, while S&P BSE SmallCap is ruling 0.1 per cent lower at 14,483 levels.

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Sensex gains 24 points, Nifty ends at 10,877 led by IT, Pharma


The domestic equity market signed off the first day of December F&O series on a positive note on Friday amid buying in pharmaceutical, information technology (IT) and automobile counters.

The S&P BSE Sensex ended at 36,194, up 24 points, or 0.1 per cent, while the broader Nifty50 index settled at 10,877, up 18 points, or 0.2 per cent.

In the broader market, the S&P BSE MidCap rose 0.6 per cent to settle at 15,039 levels, while the S&P BSE SmallCap settled 0.5 per cent higher at 14,427 levels.

The rupee traded on a firm note on Friday, rising to 69.59 against the US dollar in intra-day trade on the back of free fall in crude prices and heavy buying by foreign institutional investors (FIIs). The domestic unit on Thursday had breached the 70-mark for the first time since August 27 to end at a three-month high of 69.85 per US dollar.

Reliance Communications (RCom) rose 13 per cent to Rs 14.40 on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) on Friday after the Supreme Court asked RCom to furnish a corporate guarantee of Rs 14 billion within two days to get the No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the government. The corporate guarantee will be issued by Reliance Realty Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of RCom.

The Nifty Pharma index rose 2 per cent led by a rise in shares of Biocon and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories. The Nifty IT index gained 1.2 per cent led by Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).

YES Bank ended 6.3 per cent higher at Rs 170.50 after a TV report said that the private bank’s promotor Rana Kapoor doesn’t have any ownership in Morgan Credits or Yes Capital.

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Markets end down in a truncated week; Sensex down 219 and Nifty down 73


On Thursday, the benchmark indices fell for the third consecutive session, settling over 0.5 per cent lower led by fall in banking and metal stocks. The S&P BSE Sensex ended at 34,981, down 219 points or 0.6 per cent, while the broader Nifty50 index settled at 10,527, down 73 points or 0.7 per cent.

The BSE and the National Stock Exchange (NSE) are closed for trade on Friday, on account of Gurunanak Jayanti. All wholesale commodity markets, including metal and bullion, are also closed. The forex and commodity futures markets, too, will not trade.

It was a negative end for the market in this truncated week with the Nifty giving up 10,550-mark.

Private banks were major contributors to the Nifty Bank’s underperformance. Telecom pack, too, saw some pressure. Consumption, energy, metals, and pharma saw the most losses after banks, while selling was visible in the midcaps space.

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