Sensex closes flat; healthcare, auto stocks rally

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 24, 2012 15:10 hrs

Mumbai, Dec 24 (IANS) A benchmark index for Indian equities markets Monday closed flat, up 13 points.

There was healthy buying in healthcare, auto and information technology (IT) stocks, but metal, oil and gas and consumer durables scrips fell.

The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 19,278.00 points, closed at 19,255.09 points, up by 13.09 points or 0.07 percent from its previous close at 19,242.00 points.

The BSE Sensex touched a high of 19,347.64 points and low of 19,237.26 points intra-day.

The BSE midcap index was up 25.19 points, while the smallcap index was higher by 23.48 points.

The wider 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange was down 8.05 points or 0.14 percent at 5,855.75 points.

The BSE healthcare index was up 65.35 points. The auto index was trading higher by 51.49 points and IT index up 48.84 points.

However, the metal index decreased by 58.83 points, oil and gas index down 36.08 points and consumer durables lower by 12.57 points.

Among major gainers were Tata Motors was up 2.44 percent at Rs.306.70; Wipro, up 1.78 percent at Rs.385.75; Sun Pharma, up 1.46 percent at Rs.740.50; Infosys, up 1.15 percent at Rs.2,318.95; and Tata Power, up 1.09 percent at Rs.107.10.

The main losers were Jindal Steel, 1.93 percent lower at Rs.445.50; ONGC, down 1.88 percent at Rs.256.20; Maruti Suzuki, down 1.60 percent at Rs.1,479.70; Sterlite Inds, down 1.58 percent at Rs.115.10; and Reliance Industries (RIL), down 2.95 percent at Rs.820.00.

Among other Asian markets, Japan's Nikkei was down 0.99 percent, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng was up 0.16 percent. The Shanghai Composite Index closed higher by 0.27 percent.

The European markets were choppy. Britain's FTSE 100 was up 0.22 percent while the German DAX was trading lower by 0.47 percent. The French CAC 40 was down 0.20 percent.

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