Sensex rises 43 pts, Tata Power, RIL and SBI lead gainers

Stocks close

Most Asian stock indices ended lower today after reports that weak global manufacturing data contrasted with earlier numbers showing improvement at Chinese factories.

Key indices in Singapore, South Korea and Japan ended lower by 0.12-0.27 per cent while indices in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China closed higher by upto 0.78 per cent.

Indices in the UK, France and Germany ended with gains of 0.24-0.70 per cent range.

Back home, 19 out of 30 Sensex-based scrips closed in the red while 11 rose. Tata Power was the top gainer with a rise of 4 per cent, followed by RIL (2.49 pc), SBI (1.59 pc), Bajaj Auto (1.55 pc), ICICI Bank (1.53 pc), ONGC (0.97 pc), Gail India (0.87 pc), Jindal Steel (0.73 pc) and HDFC (0.63 pc).

On the losing side, M&M ended 1.75 per cent down, followed by Wipro (1.65 pc), NTPC (1.34 pc), Sterlite Ind. (1.29 pc), TCS (1.25 pc) and Maruti Suzuki (0.83 pc).

Among the sectoral indices, the BSE-Oil&Gas rose by 1.57 per cent, followed by BSE-Realty (0.84 pc), BSE-Power (0.83 pc) and BSE-Bankex (0.75 pc).

However, BSE-CD declined by 0.72 per cent and BSE-IT by 0.68 per cent.

Total market breadth remained positive as 1,607 shares closed with gains while 1,327 settled with losses.

Total turnover was higher at Rs 2,940.27 crore from Rs 2,471.02 crore yesterday. Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) bought shares worth a net Rs 302.67 crore yesterday as per provisional data from the stock exchanges.

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