Global cues lift key equity indices

Mumbai, Feb 15 (IANS) Key Indian equity indices on Thursday provisionally closed in the green on the back of positive global cues along with healthy buying in metals, banking and oil and gas stocks.

However, somes gains were pared as investors booked profits in consumer durables, capital goods and healthcare stocks.

The wider Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange edged higher by 44.60 points or 0.42 per cent to provisionally close at 10,545.50 points (at 3.30 p.m.).

On the BSE, the barometer 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex), which opened at 34,207.57 points, closed at 34,297.47 points — up 141.52 points or 0.41 per cent from its previous close.

The Sensex has so far touched a high of 34,535.08 points and a low of 34,186.01 points during the intra-day trade.

The BSE market breadth was, however, bearish as 1,921 stocks declined as against 911 advances.

On Wednesday, a massive sell-off in banking sector stocks pulled the equity indices lower.

The Sensex receded by 144.52 points or 0.42 per cent to 34,155.95 points while the Nifty50 fell by 38.85 points or 0.37 per cent to close at 10,500.90 points.

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