Tracking declines in the European equity markets, domestic bourses closed Friday&’s choppy trading session on a flat note.

The Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) ended 46 points down at 28,077 and the Nifty at the National Stock Exchange (NSE) closed six points lower at 8,667.

On Thursday, the Sensex had closed 118 points higher at 28,123 and the Nifty had closed 49 points up at 8,673.

After opening at 28,168, the Sensex touched 28,212 mark on the positive side while it touched 28,026 mark on the negative side, in the intraday trade.

However, broader markets registered gains. BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices closed higher around 0.5 per cent each.

Among the BSE sectoral indices, Metal index surged over 1 per cent the register the biggest gain while Realty index became the top loser with a tumble of 0.7 per cent.

Top gainers in the Sensex-30 pack: SBI (up 4.1 per cent), Tata Steel (up 1 per cent), HUL (up 0.8 per cent), Cipla (up 0.5 per cent), and L&T (up 0.4 per cent).

Top losers in the Sensex-30 pack: Coal India (down 1.3 per cent), TCS (down 1.1 per cent), Lupin (down 1.1 per cent), Sun Pharma (down 0.8 per cent) and Power Grid (down 0.7 per cent).

SBI became the top gainer after announcing the merger of 5 associate banks viz. State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Mysore, and State Bank of Travancore with itself. The announcement was made after market hours on Thursday.

 

 

Meanwhile, the Rupee was trading 19 paise down at 67.00 against the US Dollar