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Sensex up 180 points; Nifty breaches 10,700

Mumbai: After gyrating nearly 700 points Wednesday, benchmark equity indices reversed initial losses and ended higher, driven by a rebound in financial stocks amid firming trend in the US market. The BSE Sensex broke its three-day falling streak by ending 179.79 points, or 0.51 per cent, higher at 35,649.94. Intra-day, the index fell to a low of 35,010.82.

The broader NSE Nifty too recovered to reclaim the 10,700 level, rising 66.35 points, or 0.62 per cent, to 10,729.85. "Market recovered in the second half following a recovery in Dow futures. At current levels, Nifty 50 is on track to deliver nominal positive returns in CY18. Nifty is the only index among large markets that is positive for the calendar year," said Viral Berawala, CIO of Essel Mutual Fund.

The 30-share index had ended the previous session 271.92 points lower at 35,470.15, while the Nifty had lost 90.50 points. "Globally, investors would closely track political developments in US and slowdown in global economies. In the short term, liquidity and sentiment are set to drive the market," Hemang Jani, Head - Advisory, Sharekhan by BNP Paribas, said.

Nifty ended above 10,700 levels led by financials, FMCG stocks, he added. The biggest gainers on both bourses were Bharti Airtel, HDFC duo, L&T, Bajaj Auto, Kotak Bank, Reliance Industries, Axis Bank, ICICI Bank, SBI, ITC and Bajaj Finance, rising up to 4 per cent.

On the other hand, Sun Pharma, Yes Bank, TCS, NTPC, Tata Motors, Infosys and ONGC fell up to 2 per cent. Brent crude, the international benchmark, was up 0.73 per cent at USD 51.14 per barrel.

On a net basis, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth Rs 577.10 crore Monday, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) were net buyers to the tune of Rs 186.14 crore, provisional data available with BSE showed.

Elsewhere in Asia, Korea's Kospi ended 1.31 per cent lower, Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 0.40 per cent and Shanghai Composite Index slipped 0.26 per cent; while, Japan's Nikkei rose 0.89 per cent.

The rupee trimmed its early sharp gains to settle 8 paise higher at 70.06 against the US currency mainly due to dollar buying by importers in the last hour of trade.

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