Sensex gains 33 pts in choppy trade

Sensex gains 33 pts in choppy trade

The BSE benchmark Sensex today gained over 33 points to close at 27,241.78 and NSE Nifty reclaimed the 8,200-mark to register their first rise in three days.

A smart rise towards the fag-end in TCS, HDFC, L&T, Sun Pharma, Hindalco, Sesa Sterlite, SBI, Infosys, HDFC Bank, Tata Steel and RIL mainly helped the market to halt two sessions of losses.

President Pranab Mukherjee signing two ordinances, paving way for additional foreign investment in insurance and to move ahead with the re-allocation of cancelled coal mines, also boosted the sentiment.

The 30-share BSE index resumed higher following beginning of January series in the derivatives segment. It gradually started to slip and logged due to heavy foreign capital outflows. Later, it wiped off losses completely and settled the day at 27,241.78, a rise of 33.17 points or 0.12 per cent.

In previous two sessions, Sensex had shed 493.18 points.

The 50-share NSE Nifty after falling to the day's low of 8,147.95 staged a strong comeback to regain the 8,200-mark to close at 8,200.70, up  26.60 points  0.33 per cent from its previous close.

Brokers said absence of cues from the global markets which remained closed on account of Christmas holidays and approaching year end forced major players to refrain from enlarging their positions in a big way.

Of 30 Sensex constituents, 15 ended higher, while 15 ended lower led by Maruti Suzuki, BHEL, ITC, Hind Unilever, Cipla and ICICI Bank.

Sector-wise, the BSE realty index gained the most by rising 0.93 per cent, followed by IT index (0.85 per cent), Metal index (0.58 per cent), PSU index (0.48 per cent), Capital Goods (0.27 per cent), Healthcare indes (0.26 per cent), Banking index (0.13 per cent) and  Oil & Gas index (0.07 per cent).

Buying activity also spread to small and midcap stocks. Mid index up 0.41 per cent and small cap index gained 0.02 per cent.

Meanwhile, Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth a net Rs 2,808.27 crore on Wednesday, as per provisional data available with stock exchanges.

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