Stock market highlights: Benchmark indices traded within a narrow range on Friday seeking support from firm global cues. The S&P BSE Sensex closed 462 points, or 0.88 per cent, higher at 52,728. The Nifty50, meanwhile, ended at 15,699, up 143 points or 0.92 per cent.
Auto, banking, and FMCG stocks took the centre stage today as easing commodity prices eased input cost and credit off-take pressures. M&M, IndusInd Bank, Bajaj Finance, Hero MotoCorp, HUL, ICICI Bank, Britannia Industries, ONGC, Shree Cement, JSW Steel, Eicher Motors, Tata Consumer Products, Hindalco, and HDFC Bank rose between 1.5 per cent and 4.4 per cent to settle as top Nifty gainers.
On the downside, Tech M, Infosys, Apollo Hospitals, TCS, NTPC, HCL Tech, and Coal India ended as top laggards.
Meanwhile, in the broader market, the Nifty MidCap and SmallCap indices advanced 1.4 per cent and 1.76 per cent, respectively.
Meanwhile, in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei gained 1.2 per cent; South Korea’s Kospi 2.2 per cent; and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng 2 per cent.