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Profit booking dents equity indices, Sensex closes flat

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The key equity indices on Friday closed trade on a flat-to-positive note, as caution ahead of the macro-economic data release as well as profit booking subdued investors' sentiments.
 
In the intra-day trade, the two key indices -- S&P BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty50 -- reversed their initial gains to slip into the red as investors shifted focus to the macro-economic data announcement.
 
Sector-wise, banking, oil and gas and telecom stocks witnessed selling pressure on the BSE. In contrast, IT, realty and healthcare stocks outperformed the benchmark index, gaining 1-2 per cent.
 
"Stocks in India oscillated between the positive and negative zones on mixed news flows and profit booking after the recent leg-up kept the emergence of a strong trend at bay," said Abhijeet Dey, Senior Fund Manager-Equities, BNP Paribas Mutual Fund. 
 
Index-wise, the S&P BSE Sensex settled 23.89 points up or 0.07 per cent higher at 36,194.30 points, from its previous close of 36,170.41 points. It touched an intra-day high of 36,389.22 and a low of 36,082.97.
 
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The NSE Nifty50 gained 22.05 points or 0.20 per cent to finish the session at 10,880.75 points.
 
In terms of crude oil, prices remained subdued at $58.81 per barrel, while the Indian rupee strengthened by 25 paise to Rs 69.59 per US dollar from its previous close of 69.84. 
 
"Market ended on a positive note after witnessing a roller coaster movement ahead of G20 meet and expectation of oil production cut in the upcoming OPEC meet," said Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services.
 
Investment-wise, the provisional data with the exchanges showed that foreign institutional investors sold stocks worth Rs 332.62 crore on Friday, while the domestic institutional investors bought shares worth Rs 1,489.65 crore.
 
Top gainers on the Sensex were Yes Bank, up 5.73 per cent at Rs 169.65; Wipro, up 3.14 per cent at Rs 324.85; Mahindra and Mahindra, up 2.21 per cent at Rs 790.20; Sun Pharma, up 1.84 per cent at Rs 492.30; and Kotak Mahindra Bank, up 1.83 per cent at Rs 1,232.35 per share.
 
Top laggards were Tata Motors, down 3.02 per cent at Rs 171.95; Tata Motors (DVR), down 2.24 per cent at Rs 93.95; ICICI Bank, down 2 per cent at Rs 355; IndusInd Bank, down 1.70 per cent at Rs 1,631.55; and Vedanta, down 1.66 per cent at Rs 195.80 per share.
 
IANS
 

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