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In a volatile trade, BSE Sensex moved up by another 34 points to end at 26,350.17 on sustained buying mainly in telecom, power, realty and auto, but banking stocks were under pressure as RBI unexpectedly increased the CRR to 100 per cent on incremental deposits.
Besides banking, shares of consumer durables, finance and IT sectors declined due to selling pressure.
The Sensex resumed lower at 26,303.52 and hovered in wide a range of 26,183.22 and 26,413.99 before ending at 26,350.17, showing a gain of 33.83 points or 0.13 per cent.
The Sensex had gained by 490 points, or 1.89 per cent, in two days.
Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services Ltd, "Market traded lower in the early hours of trade as RBI's unexpected move to increase the CRR to 100 per cent on incremental deposits brought banks under pressure. RBI's move is negative for the banks as the additional interest cost will impact the banks' profitability in the medium term..."
Overseas, most Asian stocks rose as oil prices slid on unease about this week's meeting of Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) members to discuss possible output cuts. Key benchmark indices in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan rose by 0.19 per cent to 0.69 per cent, while Japan's Nikkei fell by 0.13 pct.
However, European markets were trading lower amid continued political uncertainty in Italy. Key indices in France, Germanay moved down by 0.63 per cent to 0.77 per cent.
US stocks hit fresh records in a shortened trading session on Friday as investors bet on a pick up in economic growth and rising corporate profits.
Meanwhile, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth a net Rs 372.88 crores on last Friday, as per provisional data released by the stock exchanges.
Metal and mining stocks gained as copper prices rose in global commodity markets.
The BSE Mid-Cap index was provisionally up 0.97 per
cent. The BSE Small-Cap index was provisionally up 0.66 per cent. Both these indices outperformed the Sensex.
In the domestic market, 17 scrips firmed up out of the 30-share Sensex pack while others 13 closed lower.
Major gainer was Bharti Airtel rose by 5.53 per cent after the firm said Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands) BV through its wholly owned subsidiary has completed the acquisition of Econet Wireless' entire 4.2 per cent stake in Airtel Nigeria. As a result, Airtel's overall holding in Airtel Nigeria has increased to 83.25 per cent.
It was followed by Adani Ports 2.60 pct, ITC 2.08 pct, ONGC 2.07 pct, Hero Motoco 2.05 pct, NTPC 1.77 pct, Power Grid 1.41 pct, Cipla 1.28 pct, Bajaj Auto 1.17 and HUL 0.51 pct.
However, SBI fell by 2.82 pct followed by ICICI Bank 1.73 pct, TCS 1.02 pct, L&T 0.99 pct, M&M 0.95 pct, Asian Paints 0.76 pct, Wipro 0.74 pct and Reliance 0.72 pct.
Among the S&P BSE sectoral and industry, Telecom rose by 4.04 pct, Realty 1.91 pct, Power 1.74 pct, Utilities 1.41 pct, FMCG 1.23 pct, Oil&Gas 1.06 pct, Metal 0.96 pct, Industrials 0.65 pct, Teck 0.57 pct and Energy 0.57 pct. While Consumer Durables 1.20 pct, Bankex 1.16 pct, Finance 0.59 pct and IT 0.15 pct.
The market breadth remained positive as 1,666 stocks ended higher, 923 finished in red while 177 ruled steady.
The total turnover on BSE amounted to Rs 3,011.61 crore, higher than turnover of Rs 2,608.36 crore registered during the previous trading session.