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Sensex, Nifty flat in early trade, energy financials stocks advance

Key benchmark indices Sensex and Nifty were trading flat in the early session on the last trading day of 2020 with IT and FMCG stocks cancelling out gains made by financials and energy shares.

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Mumbai Published on: December 31, 2020 10:16 IST
Sensex, Nifty flat in early trade, energy financials stocks advance
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Sensex, Nifty flat in early trade, energy financials stocks advance

Key benchmark indices Sensex and Nifty were trading flat in the early session on the last trading day of 2020 with IT and FMCG stocks cancelling out gains made by financials and energy shares. After opening on a negative note, the 30-share BSE Sensex was up by 17.84 points or 0.04 percent at 47,764.06 in the morning session.

The broader Nifty of NSE edged up by 2.25 points to 13,984.20 with 30 of its constituents trading in green.

Among major gainers, ONGC was by 1.55 percent, ICICI Bank by 0.87 percent, HDFC by 0.36 percent, and Bajaj Finserve by 0.58 percent.

On the other hand, TCS, Infosys, M&M, Ultratech Cement, HUL, NTPC, and SBI dropped.

Markets were volatile due to the expiry of the derivatives series on Thursday.

The Sensex and Nifty had raced to fresh record highs on Wednesday on the back of gains in financials, auto and cement counters.

Although the market is at its most expensive valuation level, FPIs continue to pump in funds and roll the Indian market higher on a daily basis, analysts said.

Among other Asian markets, Hong Kong benchmark rose by by 0.26 per cent while Chinese shares gain 1.45 per cent. Australian shares dropped 0.80 per cent due to fresh curbs to control COVID-19 cases. 

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