Indian equity markets provisionally close flat

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Mumbai, Aug 24 (IANS) Indian equity markets, after a volatile trade session on Wednesday, provisionally closed on a flat note with a positive bias.

Healthy buying was witnessed in healthcare and oil and gas stocks.

The wider 51-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) edged up 17.70 points, or 0.21 per cent to 8,650.30 points.

The barometer 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the BSE, which opened at 28,065.25 points, provisionally closed at 28,059.94 points (at 3.30 p.m.) — up 69.73 points, or 0.25 per cent from the previous close at 27,990.21 points.

The Sensex touched a high of 28,108.39 points and a low of 27,959.87 points during the intra-day trade.

The BSE market breadth was tilted in favour of the bulls — with 1,531 advances and 1,174 declines.

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On Monday, both the key Indian indices had closed flat — marginally in the green, prompted by mixed global cues and lower crude oil prices.

The barometer index had risen by 4.67 points, or 0.02 per cent, while the NSE Nifty inched up 3.45 points, or 0.04 per cent.



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