Sensex, Nifty close higher in volatile trade; RIL gains after mega-merger deal


Mumbai, fab 29: Benchmark stock indices Sensex and Nifty closed with gains on Thursday in a highly volatile trade amid the scheduled monthly expiry of derivative contracts.
The 30-share BSE Sensex rebounded 195.42 points or 0.27 per cent to settle at 72,500.30. During the day, the benchmark oscillated between a high of 72,730.00 and a low of 72,099.32.
The broader Nifty of NSE gained 31.65 points or 0.14 per cent to close at 21,982.80.
“Domestic benchmark traded near a flat-line trend throughout the session, but some buoyancy emerged by the end of the day.
Investors adopted a cautious wait & watch approach on the verge of a heavy economic data week,” said Vinod Nair, Head of Research at Geojit Financial Services.
Among Sensex shares, IndusInd Bank, Mahindra & Mahindra, HCL Tech, Power Grid, Maruti, State Bank of India, Titan, Asian Paints, Nestle and UltraTech Cement were the major gainers.
Reliance Industries climbed nearly 2 per cent intra-day before closing more than half-a per cent higher after the company and Walt Disney announced the signing of binding pacts to merge their media operations in India to create a Rs 70,000 crore behemoth.
Hindustan Unilever, Bharti Airtel, Tata Motors, ITC, Tech Mahindra and Axis Bank were among the laggards.
“Markets traded volatile on the monthly expiry day but managed to end marginally higher,” said Ajit Mishra, SVP – Technical Research, Religare Broking Ltd.
In the broader market, the BSE midcap gauge climbed 0.84 per cent and smallcap index went up by 0.50 per cent.
Among the indices, services jumped 1.46 per cent, power climbed 1.01 per cent, commodities (0.79 per cent), industrials (0.74 per cent), metal (0.74 per cent) and capital goods (0.65 per cent).
In Asian markets, Seoul, Tokyo and Hong Kong settled lower while Shanghai ended in the green.
European markets were trading mostly in the green.
The US markets ended marginally lower on Wednesday.
Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) offloaded equities worth Rs 1,879.23 crore on Wednesday, according to exchange data.
The BSE benchmark fell by 790.34 points or 1.08 per cent to settle at 72,304.88 on Wednesday. The Nifty slumped 247.20 points or 1.11 per cent to settle at 21,951.15.
Global oil benchmark Brent crude declined 0.43 per cent to USD 83.32 a barrel.

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