Indian\u00a0equity markets started flat on Friday with Sensex and Nifty opening marginally higher Sun Pharma, Tata Steel, Dr Reddy's, ONGC, Adani Ports and TCS leading the gains. Shares of Federal Bank rose over 4% in the early\u00a0trades after the private sector lender acquired a minority stake of 26% in\u00a0Equirus Capital, to venture into investment banking. The S&P BSE Sensex gained\u00a0140.81 points to a day's high of 33,960.31 and NSE Nifty surged\u00a043.7 points to mark the day's peak at 10,426.41 on Friday. An all-round buying was seen on the counters as all the sectoral and broader market indices of National Stock Exchange hovered in green in the morning deals. Shares of Sun Pharma, Tata Steel, Bharti Airtel, Dr Reddy's, Wipro, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Tata Motors were the\u00a0top gainers among the Sensex scrips\u00a0advancing up to 2.5% while Asian Paints, Coal India and M&M declined up to 1%.\u00a0The 30-share indicator Sensex inched up 12.5 points or 0.04% to open at\u00a033,832 whereas the wider barometer Nifty advanced\u00a025.4 points or 0.24% to begin the day at 10,408.1.\u00a0Among the group 'A' shares on BSE, stocks of Federal Bank,\u00a0Info Edge, Wockhardt Pharma,\u00a0L&T Technology Services and Biocon rose up to 5% while shares of Jubilant Lifesciences, Vakrangee, Videocon, and Siemens tanked 2-8%. Amid the broader market indices of NSE,\u00a0Nifty Nect 50, Nifty 100, Nifty 200, Nifty 500, Nifty Midcap 50, Nifty Mid100 Free, Nifty Small100 Free advanced up to 1% under a tightened volatility. The volatility indicator of NSE, India Vix declined 4.95% to 14.0975. On the other hand, all of the 11 sectoral indices\u00a0traded in greem with Nifty Pharma, Nifty PSU Bank leading the charge rising up to 2%. Shares of the scam-hit PNB\u00a0were trading little changed, up 1.61% at Rs\u00a0115.85 while the stock of Gitanjali Gems remain on the falling spree, shedding for the eighth stright session. The stock of Gitanjali Gems again dived 5% to an all-time low of Rs\u00a024.8 on BSE on Friday taking the eight-day plunge\u00a0to 60%. The Dow and S&P 500 advanced on Thursday to halt a two-session losing skid, buoyed by gains in industrial and energy shares as US Treasury yields eased, while the Nasdaq lost ground for a third straight session, Reuters said in a report. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 164.7 points or 0.66% to 24,962.48, the S&P 500 gained 2.63 points or 0.10% to 2,703.96 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 8.14 points or 0.11% to 7,210.09.