Sensex closes high on GST meet outcome hopes

Sensex rises nearly 100 points Nifty trading flat Bharti Airtel falls over 5

Heavyweights like SBI, M&M, Oil India, Nestle India, Allahabad Bank, BEML, Bank of India, BPCL, Bosch, DLF, Dena Bank, HSIL, Hindustan Copper, IL&FS Transportation among others are scheduled to report their quarterly earnings during the day.

The gains came in though the indices traded on a volatile note for most of the day on the back of negative global cues, outflow of foreign funds and caution ahead of the outcome of the two-day GST Council meet due later in the evening.

The 30-share Sensex, which had lost 512.38 points in the previous two sessions, edged up 32.12 points, or 0.10 per cent, to close at 33,250.93 after trading between 33,463.80 and 33,111.54.

The BSE market breadth was slightly bearish - 1,286 declines and 1,210 advances.

Shares of Mahindra Logistics Ltd fell as much as 2.1 per cent on its market debut on Friday after the company raised 8.3 billion rupees ($128 million) via an initial public offering last week.

Investors locked in gains amid lingering worries of a spurt in oil prices and its impact on inflation and fiscal deficit, brokers said.

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Tata Motors slumped 4.2 percent on worries over its JLR unit.

Sector-wise, the S&P BSE capital goods index zoomed by 343.33 points, followed by banking index, up 286.13 points, and consumer durables index up 274.90 points.

All the sectoral indices led by metal, auto and oil & gas were trading in the negative terrain, falling by up to 0.92 per cent.

Provisional data with the exchanges showed that foreign institutional investors sold stocks worth Rs 713.75 crore while domestic institutional investors invested in scrips worth Rs 231.25 crore.

Major Sensex gainers Wednesday were: Axis Bank, up 3.41 per cent at Rs 545.05; Asian Paints, up 2.51 per cent at Rs 1,170.95; Cipla, up 2.07 per cent at Rs 620.95; Sun Pharma, up 1.89 per cent at Rs 537.80; and Bajaj Auto, up 0.97 per cent at Rs 3,194.

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