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MARKET WRAP: Sensex climbs 337 pts, Nifty ends at 10,946; Maruti jumps 4%

All that happened in markets today.

SI Reporter  | New Delhi 

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Equity benchmarks settled with nearly a per cent gain on Friday amid buying in industry heavyweights such as Reliance Industries (RIL), Axis Bank, Maruti, Infosys and HDFC Bank. That apart, positive global cues, too, boosted investor sentiment.  

The S&P BSE Sensex added 337 points or 0.92 per cent to close at 36,982, with Maruti (up around 4 per cent) being the top gainer and YES Bank (down nearly 2 per cent) the worst performer.

On NSE, the frontline index Nifty50 settled at 10,946, up 98 points or 0.91 per cent. 

Volatility index India VIX slipped nearly 7 per cent to end at 16.08 levels. 

On a weekly basis, Sensex lost 0.94 per cent while NSE's Nifty50 index dropped 0.69 per cent. 

In the broader market, the S&P BSE MidCap index climbed 82 points or 0.61 per cent, to 13,365 levels, while the S&P BSE SmallCap index surged 99 points or 0.79 per cent to end at 12,595. 

On the sectoral front, auto stocks rallied the most, followed by metal and media stocks. The Nifty Auto index ended at 7,102 levels, up over 2.61 per cent.

Market breadth remained in favour of advances as out of 2,658 stocks traded on the BSE, 1,583 advanced and 921 declined while 154 scrips remained unchanged.
 
BUZZING STOCKS

Indiabulls Housing Finance ended 5 per cent lower at Rs 426 apiece on the BSE on reports that a public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed against the company and its promoters in Delhi High Court on allegations of siphoning-off of funds. READ MORE

Tech Mahindra (TechM) ended around 4 per cent higher at Rs 722 apiece on the BSE after the company announced a strategic and possibly largest-ever deal with leading American network operator AT&T. READ MORE

GLOBAL STOCKS

Asian stocks gained on Friday, joining a global trend as investors took heart from firm US economic data plans hopes a meeting between US and Chinese negotiators next month signals an easing in trade tensions. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.4 per cent, putting it on track for a 2.2 per cent weekly gain - which would make it the best week since mid-June. The Shanghai Composite Index edged up 0.1 per cent while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was up 0.2 per cent. 

(With inputs from Reuters)

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