Share/Stock Market Highlights: The benchmark equity indices on the BSE and National Stock Exchange (NSE) ended flat for the second consecutive day on Thursday amid the expiry of August-series futures and options contracts.
The S&P BSE Sensex ended at 55,949.10, up 4.89 points (0.01 per cent), while the Nifty 50 settled at 16,636.90, up 2.25 points (0.01 per cent). Both the benchmark indices had kicked off on a negative note but recovered from their lows and traded in a positive range for bulk of the session.
Gains on the Sensex on Thursday were led by Reliance Industries (RIL), Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), HCL Technologies, ICICI Bank and Axis Bank. On the other hand, Bharti Airtel, Maruti Suzuki India,Power Grid Corporation, State Bank of India (SBI), Tata Steel and NTPC were the top laggards.
Among the sectoral indices on NSE, the Nifty Metal index slipped 1.27 per cent weighed by NMDC and National Aluminium Company. On the other hand, the Nifty FMCG index rose 0.58 per cent led by Procter & Gamble Hygiene and Health Care and Britannia Industries. The key Bank Nifty ended 0.09 per cent higher led by Axis Bank and ICICI Bank.
In the broader market, the S&P BSE MidCap ended at 23,015.30, up 67.74 points (0.30 per cent) while the S&P BSE SmallCap settled at 26,042.54, 81.04 points (0.31 per cent).
(with inputs from agencies)