Equities trade with marginal gains; healthcare, banks stocks in green

Key Indian equity indices the BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty50 — traded on a flat note with marginal gains during the mid-afternoon session on Thursday, with healthy buying in healthcare and banking stocks.

However, profit booking in metal and oil and gas stocks capped gains.

Around 1.15 p.m., the wider 51-scrip Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was up 5.20 points, or 0.05 per cent to trade at 10,084.50 points.

The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE, which opened at 32,289.26 points, traded at 32,218.49 points up 32.08 points, or 0.10 per cent, from its previous close at 32,186.41 points.

The Sensex has so far touched a high of 32,328.61 points and a low of 32,187.20 points during the intra-day trade.

The BSE market breadth was slightly bullish with 1,254 advances and 1,216 declines.

On Wednesday, the benchmark indices closed on a flat-to-negative note, as profit booking eroded investors’ risk-taking appetite.

Consequently, the NSE Nifty 50 closed at 10,079.30 points down 13.75 points or 0.14 per cent, whereas BSE Sensex closed at 32,186.41 points — up only 27.75 points, or 0.09 per cent.

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