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Equities extend gains for 7th session aided by IT, durables stocks

25 November 2017

The barometer 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE, which opened at 33,670 points, closed at 33,679.24 points - up 91.16 points or 0.27 per cent - from its Thursday's close.

Indian shares ended higher for a seventh straight session on Friday as IT firms gained, while bonds slid on market talk of a potential sovereign ratings upgrade by Standard & Poor's.

Global cues are not any significantly positive.

The broader Nifty reclaimed the 10,400-mark to scale an intra-day high of 10,404.50 but profit-taking pulled it down to 10,389.70, still a gain of 40.95 points, or 0.40 per cent. Asian stocks gained after volatile trade. The market breadth was positive as 1506 shares advanced against a decline of 1,227 shares, while 154 shares were unchanged.

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Provisional data with the exchanges showed that foreign institutional investors sold scrips worth Rs 416.28 crore, while domestic institutional investors purchased stocks worth Rs 427.63 crore. Consumer durables and IT stocks turned out to be big movers.

In what could be a power packed comeback from last week's drag trade, key indices have finished with gains for the last six successive sessions.

Sector-wise, IT rose by 1.02 per cent, energy 0.83 per cent, media 0.26 per cent and pharma 0.16 per cent.

Equities extend gains for 7th session aided by IT, durables stocks