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Stock Market: Sensex, Nifty end higher for fifth straight session

Mumbai: Indian equity benchmark indices closed higher  for the fifth consecutive session on Thursday. The gains led by shares of select heavyweights, including Larsen & Toubro, HDFC Bank, SBI and ICICI Bank supported the equity indices. Equity investors’ wealth climbed by Rs 2 lakh crore in just one day.

BSE Sensex  closed 385 points, or 0.58% higher at 66,265.56. NSE Nifty  ended with a gain of 116 points, or 0.59% at 19,727.05. About 2140 shares advanced, 1420 shares declined, and 124 shares remained unchanged.

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Top gainers in the market were Coal India,  SBI Life Insurance, Tech Mahindra Larsen & Toubro, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, IndusInd Bank and SBI. Top losers were  Tata Consumer Products, M&M, Britannia Industries, Sun Pharma and Infosys.

Among sectors, except FMCG and pharma, all other indices settled higher  with bank, capital goods, PSU Bank, power and realty up 1-2%. The BSE midcap index gained 0.8% and smallcap index rose 0.4%.


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