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Sensex ends flat at 18,762.87

Posted on Nov 05, 08:04PM | UNI

The benchmark Index of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) today ended steady today at 18,762.87, rising marginally by 7.42 points on gains in FMCG, Consumer Durable and Banking stocks amid weak global cues ahead of the US Presidential elections tomorrow.

The Nifty of National Stock Exchange (NSE) improved by 6.50 points to 5704.20.

The Sensex fell by 18.32 points in the opening session. It slipped by 72.20 points at the day's low of 18,683.25 till noon.

Later, it improved and registered a gain of 39.18 points to 18,794, the day's high, before closing at 18,762.87 points, up by 7.42 points from its last close.

The Nifty registered the day s high and low at 5709.20 and 5679.50 points respectively.

The market ended on a positive note, on the strength of ITC, Maruti Suzuki, Cipla and BHEL, however, Hindalco Industries, Jindal Steel, Bajaj Auto, Tata Power and Reliance restricted it from further gains, brokers said.

Car major Maruti Suzuki scaled a 52-week high.

Pharma major Cipla advanced by 1.02 pc ahead of its Q2 results.

Index heavyweight Reliance Industries (RIL) edged lower in volatile trade. IT stocks were mostly lower ahead of the US presidential election tomorrow.

On BSE, 1,515 shares fell and 1,390 shares rose. A total of 141 shares were unchanged.

From the 30-share Sensex pack, 16 stocks declined while the rest of them rose.

In Asian Markets, the Hang Seng slipped 105 points, Nikkei slipped 44 points, Shanghai Composite was down by 3 points and the Seoul Composite index closed weaker by 10 points.