BSE Sensex closed higher on Friday, snapping a two-day losing streak, led by technology stocks such as Infosys on a weaker rupee while broader sentiment was tepid as investors kept away from risky bets ahead of the year-end holidays.
The Indian rupee stayed down against the dollar on month-end dollar demand and profit booking by foreign investors. The partially convertible rupee was at 63.65 versus its previous close of 63.5150/5250.
Volumes remained low as investor interest was subdued despite Friday being the first trading day for the new monthly derivatives contract, traders said.
The benchmark BSE index closed 0.12 percent higher at 27,241.78. The index fell 0.48 percent this week.
The broader NSE index ended 0.33 percent higher at 8,200.70. The index ended down 0.3 percent this week.
Technology shares gained. Infosys closed up 1.1 percent while Tata Consultancy Services ended 1 percent higher.
WEEKAHEAD: Sensex, Nifty to trade sideways in holiday-shortened week
* Markets likely to trade sideways ahead of year-end holidays
* Investors expect no major action, both domestically as well as globally
* Corporate earnings and reforms likely next big triggers for markets
* India’s NSE index likely to trade between 8,050 and 8,450 in coming week
* Bond yields may inch up to 8.05 pct as dealers stay light during year-end
* Rupee expected to remain weak on lack of fresh dollar inflows; may recover during latter half of week
Key events and factors to watch
Wed: India federal deficit data, infrastructure output
Fri: India manufacturing PMI, bankers’ retreat with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, central bank Governor Raghuram Rajan
Sensex gains 33 pts in choppy trade
(PTI) 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.