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Nifty, Sensex extend gains for 2nd session on fresh foreign fund inflows; IT stocks shine

Nifty, Sensex extend gains for 2nd session on fresh foreign fund inflows; IT stocks shine
  • Larsen & Toubro, Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys, HCL Technologies were the top gainers.
  • Nestle India, Asian Paints, JSW Steel were among the lop laggards.
  • Tokyo settled in the positive territory while Seoul, Shanghai and Hong Kong ended lower.

Benchmark stock indices, the Sensex and the Nifty, closed higher for a second straight day on Friday, following gains in IT, tech and capital goods shares amid fresh foreign capital inflows. After slipping briefly during the late afternoon trade, the 30-share BSE Sensex made a quick recovery and jumped 178.58 points or 0.25% to settle at 72,026.15. During the day, it soared 308.91 points or 0.42% to 72,156.48.

The Nifty climbed 52.20 points or 0.24% to 21,710.80.

Among the Sensex firms, Larsen & Toubro, Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys, HCL Technologies, Hindustan Unilever, Axis Bank, ICICI Bank and Wipro were the major gainers.

Nestle India, Asian Paints, JSW Steel, Kotak Mahindra Bank and HDFC Bank were among the losers.

The services sector growth in India rose to a three-month high in December supported by favourable economic conditions and positive demand trends, a monthly survey said on Friday.

The seasonally adjusted HSBC India Services PMI Business Activity Index rose from 56.9 in November to 59 in December, highlighting a sharp increase in output that was the most pronounced since September.

On Thursday, the BSE benchmark rose 490.97 points or 0.69% to settle at 71,847.57, and the Nifty surged 141.25 points or 0.66% to 21,658.60.

In Asian markets, Tokyo settled in the positive territory while Seoul, Shanghai and Hong Kong ended lower.

European markets were trading with losses. The US markets ended mostly lower on Thursday.

Meanwhile, global oil benchmark Brent crude climbed 0.94% to USD 78.32 a barrel.

Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) bought equities worth Rs 1,513.41 crore on Thursday, according to exchange data.

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