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For Stock Markets, it's another peak

Sensex and Nifty declined around 1 per cent in sync with losses in global equity indices
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Sensex and Nifty declined around 1 per cent in sync with losses in global equity indices

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Markets darted up to fresh peaks on Friday, capping off a stellar week where equity benchmarks closed at record highs every session on unabated foreign fund inflows

Mumbai: Markets darted up to fresh peaks on Friday, capping off a stellar week where equity benchmarks closed at record highs every session on unabated foreign fund inflows.

After opening at its lifetime intra-day high of 47,026.02, the 30-share BSE Sensex succumbed to selling pressure but rebounded in fag-end trade to finish at a record 46,960.69, up 70.35 points or 0.15 per cent. Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty rose 19.85 points or 0.14 per cent to 13,760.55 - its new closing record.

IT stocks hogged the limelight as better-than-expected results from Accenture Plc enthused investors. Infosys was the top gainer in the Sensex pack, jumping 2.64 per cent, followed by Bajaj Auto, SBI, ICICI Bank, HCL Tech, Titan, Asian Paints and TCS.

On the other hand, IndusInd Bank, ONGC, HDFC Bank, Maruti, Bajaj Finserv and Bharti Airtel were among the main losers, skidding up to 3.30 per cent. During the week, the Sensex rallied 861.68 points or 1.86 per cent, while the Nifty surged 246.70 points or 1.82 per cent.

Continuing their buying spree, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) purchased shares worth a net Rs 2,355.25 crore on Thursday, according to provisional exchange data. FPIs have been net buyers in the domestic capital markets in each session this month so far, following record inflows of Rs 60,358 crore in November.

"Domestic equities recovered from today's low in tandem with recovery in banking stocks. IT index was top performer today with strong buying in many IT counters due to strong performance and upbeat commentary from Accenture.

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