The Indian equities ended flat in a volatile trading session on Thursday, tracking mixed cues from Asian market, weighed down by sharp selling in oil and gas and realty stocks. The BSE Sensex opened higher today and surged 211 points to hit an all-time high of 31,522.87, but pared all the gains to close flat at 31,290, as investors pressed sell button in the final hour of the trade amid weak European cues.
The 30-share barometer SENSEX closed at 31290.74, up by 7.1 points or by 0.02 per cent, while the NSE Nifty ended at 9630, down by 3.6 points or by 0.04 per cent.
Early today, the benchmark indices witnessed surge in buying activity after capital market regulator Sebi eased takeover norms for restructuring listed companies with stressed assets, a move which will further boost fight against bad loan.
During the day’s trade, Sensex touched an intraday high of 31522.87 and intraday low of 31255.63, while the NSE Nifty touched intraday high of 9698.85 and intraday low of 9617.75.
The top gainers of the BSE Sensex pack were Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Rs. 538.70,+2.03%), State Bank of India (Rs. 294.55,+1.50%), Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd. (Rs. 1650.35,+1.41%), Reliance Industries Ltd. (Rs. 1433.15,+1.06%), Bajaj Auto Ltd. (Rs. 2850.00,+1.02%), among others.
On the flip side, Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (Rs. 160.50,-2.82%), Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (Rs. 1094.25,-2.62%), Lupin Ltd. (Rs. 1066.95,-2.49%), Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (Rs. 201.60,-2.11%), Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd. (Rs. 2629.45,-2.05%), were among the top losers on the BSE.
The Market breadth, indicating the overall strength of the market, was weak. On BSE out of total shares traded 3009, shares advanced were 1215 while 1620 shares declined and 174 were unchanged.