Share/Stock Highlights: The topline equity indices on the BSE and National Stock Exchange (NSE) ended with marginal gains to settle at fresh new peaks on Friday.
The S&P BSE Sensex rose 163.11 points (0.27 per cent) to end at a record-closing high of 60,048.47. Earlier in the day, the BSE benchmark had surged 447.64 points (0.75 per cent) to breach the 60,000-mark for the very first time and hit a fresh record intraday high of 60,333.00.
Likewise, the Nifty 50 climbed 30.25 points (0.17 per cent) to end at an all-time high of 17,853.20. The NSE barometer had earlier breached the 17,900-mark for the first time ever to touch a record high of 17,947.65.
Gains on the Sensex pack on Friday were led by Asian Paints, Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), HCL Technologies, HDFC Bank, Bharti Airtel and Maruti Suzuki India. On the other hand, Tata Steel, State Bank of India (SBI), Axis Bank, ITC, Hindustan Unilever (HUL) and NTPC were the top laggards.
Among the sectoral indices on NSE, the Nifty Realty index climbed 1.50 per cent led by a sharp gain in Oberoi Realty. On the other hand, the Nifty Metal index fell 2.10 per cent weighed by Tata Steel, Jindal Steel & Power and National Aluminium Company.
In the broader market, the S&P BSE MidCap index ended at 25,194.84, down 294.86 points (1.16 per cent). The S&P BSE SmallCap settled at 28,023.34, down 85.58 points (0.30 per cent). The volatility index or India VIX rose 1.92 per cent to 16.9225.
(with inputs from agencies)