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Posted on Nov 19, 09:42PM | UNI
The benchmark Index of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) today ended the volatile session on a positive note, up by 29.63 points, at 18,339.00 as investors chose to stay away, ahead of the winter session of Parliament .
The Sensex underperformed global peers, which rallied after US President Barack Obama expressed confidence on resolving the fiscal cliff problem.
However,the Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) ended the session marginally down by 2.65 points at 5571.40.
The market edged higher in early trade on firm Asian stocks. A bout of volatility was witnessed as key benchmark indices regained positive zone after reversing initial gains in morning trade. The Nifty recovered after hitting its lowest level in almost 6 weeks.
The market alternately swung between gains and losses near the flat line in mid-morning trade. Key benchmark indices were range bound in afternoon trade. The Sensex trimmed losses after hitting 9 week low in mid-afternoon trade. The market reversed direction and moved into positive zone in late trade.
The Sensex registered the day's high and low at 18,386.78 and 18,256.07 points, respectively.
The Nifty registered the day's high and low at 5,592.75 and 5,549.25 points, respectively.
The BSE Midcap Index was down 0.89 per cent and the BSE Smallcap Index declined 0.85 per cent.
The market breadth, indicating the overall health of the market,was weak. On BSE, 1,736 shares fell and 1,088 shares rose.
A total of 145 shares were unchanged.
From the 30-share Sensex pack, 17 stocks fell while the rest of them rose.
The Asian Markets ended on a positive note in trade today as investors were encouraged by an improving outlook for talks to resolve an imminent fiscal crunch in the United States.
Hang Seng advanced 103 points to 21,262, Nikkei was up 129 points to close at 9,153, Straits Times advanced 11 points to 2,956, Seoul Composite jumped 17 points to 1,878 and the Snaghai Composite closed higher by 2 points at 2,016.
The European markets opened on a weak note. the CAC, DAX and FTSE were marginally down.
The turnover on BSE amounted to Rs 1781 crore, lower than Rs 2380 crore on Friday.