The Sensex and the Nifty rose over 0.3 per cent at the closing session on Friday led by metal, healthcare, realty and power sector stocks amid firm global cues.

The 30-share BSE index Sensex was up 65.82 points or 0.32 per cent at 20,376.56 and the 50-share NSE index Nifty was up 26.9 points or 0.45 per cent at 6,063.20.

On the BSE, metal and healthcare indices gained the most by 2.66 per cent and 1.69 per cent, respectively, followed by realty 1.04 per cent and power 0.83 per cent.

On the other hand, IT and TECK indices were the worst-hit by 0.62 per cent and 0.57 per cent, respectively followed by FMCG 0.49 per cent and consumer durables 0.08 per cent.

Tata Steel, SSLT, Sun Pharma, Axis Bank and Bajaj Auto were the top five gainers, while the top five losers were HUL, TCS, Wipro, BHEL and ITC.

European shares and Standard & Poor’s 500 Index futures advanced ahead of US non-farm payroll data. Asian stocks were also up as US jobless claims fell and investors weighed company earnings.

(This article was published on February 7, 2014)
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