Share/Stock Highlights: The frontline equity indices on the BSE and National Stock Exchange (NSE) ended marginally lower on Wednesday weighed by private banks and NBFC stocks.
The S&P BSE Sensex slipped 77.94 points (0.13 per cent) to end below the 59,000 level-mark at 58,927.33 while the Nifty 50 settled at 17,546.65, down 15.35 points (0.09 per cent). Both the indices had opened marginally higher and traded in a range throughout the day.
On the Sensex pack, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), Nestle India, ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, HDFC Bank and Hindustan Unilever (HUL) were the top laggards of the day while Tech Mahindra, Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), HCL Technologies, Bajaj Auto, Reliance Industries (RIL) and Tata Steel were the top gainers.
Among the sectoral indices on NSE, the Nifty Media was the top performer of the day surging 13.57 per cent led by a 30.50 per cent rally in the shares of Zee Entertainment (ZEEL). Apart from media, the Nifty Realty too climbed 8.45 per cent aided by Godrej Properties and DLF. The Nifty Metal index too rose 1.47 per cent led by NMDC and Coal India.
In the broader market, the S&P BSE MidCap index climbed 374.42 points (1.51 per cent) to end at 25,166.54 led by Godrej Properties and Balkrishna Industries. The S&P BSE SmallCap index settled at 27,856.10, up 326.98 points (1.19 per cent) aided by VRL Logistics and Zee Learn.
(with inputs from agencies)