Key equity indices end in green on European cues (Second Lead)

Sensex, Nifty Snap Nine-day Winning Streak

The Sensex of the BSE after opening at 34,443.42 points, touched a high of 34,505.19 points and a low of 34,434.20 points. At the close, the benchmark 30-share index, BSE Sensex gained 95.61 or 0.28% at 34,427.29 with 17 components registering rise.

Information technology stocks bounced back from recent losses with the NSE IT index up more than 1 per cent and TCS gaining almost 1 per cent.

The wider Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) fell by 22.50 points or 0.21 per cent to provisionally close at 10,526.20 points.

In the broader market, the BSE Midcap and BSE Smallcap indices gained 0.3 per cent. Market breadth, indicating the overall health of the market, turned positive.

On Thursday, the major gainers on the BSE were Tata Steel, Yes Bank, Bharti Airtel, Larsen and Toubro and ONGC while Axis Bank, Coal India, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Hero MotoCorp and IndusInd Bank were among the top losers.

Meanwhile, shares of state-run oil refiners tumbled and were the top percentage losers on the NSE index as oil prices remain close to late 2014-highs on the back of declining US crude inventories, while top exporter Saudi Arabia pushed for higher prices.

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MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.15 per cent, while E-Mini futures for the S&P 500 edged up 0.1 per cent.

Tata Consultancy closed 1 per cent higher at Rs 3190.65 ahead of financial results for Q4FY18.

However, stocks of oil marketing companies such as BPCL, HPCL, IOC faced selling pressure in view of rising global oil prices.

According to the provisional data, FPIs offloaded shares worth rs 915.71 crore.

The rupee on Thursday depreciated 15 paise to 65.81 against the USA dollar in opening trade at the interbank forex market today on increased demand for the greenback from importers and banks amid soaring crude oil prices overseas.

Nasdaq closed in green, up by 0.19 per cent, while FTSE 100 was also up by 1.25 percent at the closing on Wednesday.

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