Sensex closes flat; FMCG stocks rise

Mumbai, Feb 16 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex), provisionally ended Monday trade up 41 points or 0.14 points.

The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) also closed the day’s trade flat. It was up 3.85 points or 0.04 percent at 8,809.35 points.

The Sensex of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 29,170.77 points, closed the day’s trade at 29,135.88 points (provisional), up 40.95 points or 0.14 percent from the previous day’s close at 29,094.93 points.

The Sensex had touched a high of 29,325.35 points and a low of 29,083.40 points in the intra-day trade.

Healthy buying was observed in fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), automobile and capital goods sectors, while banks, healthcare and consumer durables stocks came under selling pressure.

The S&P BSE FMCG index surged by 150.12 points, automobile index moved up by 87.28 points and capital goods index was higher by 30.52 points.

However, banks index was down 204.51 points, healthcare index dropped by 138.50 points and consumer durables lost 103.59 points.

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