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Market finds little comfort in S&P action, but ends higher

- PRESS TRUST OF INDIA

The Sensex on Monday scrambled for ways, but closed above the base line for the eighth straight session even as Standard and Poor’s (S&P) kept India’s sovereign credit rating unchanged.

The broader NSE Nifty too moved sideways multiple times before ending a tad higher.

“Market traded in a narrow range due to status quo in sovereign rating where investors expected a positive revision. Later, the market reversed from the day’s low and managed to close on positive note with an expectatio­n of improvemen­t in Q2 GDP data during the week,” said Vinod Nair, head of research, Geojit Financial Services Ltd.

The outcome of the upcoming Opec meeting on oil supply and F&O expiry this week kept investors on the sidelines.

The 30-share barometer opened lower and stayed in the red for the most part of the day. But sudden buying in the last one hour of trading took it to 33,724.44, up 45.20 points, or 0.13 per cent, from its previous close.

The index had risen 918.80 points in the past seven sessions.

The 50-share NSE Nifty ended flat, up by 9.85 points, or 0.09 per cent, at 10,399.55. Intraday, it moved between 10,340.20 and 10,407.15.

The market floated on domestic institutio­nal buying and positive leads from Europe.

The uptrend in the previous seven sessions came on the back of Moody’s upgrading India sovereign rating and better- than-estimated earnings by some blue-chip companies.

Investors turned cautious as S&P kept its sovereign rating for India unchanged at ‘BBBminus’ with a ‘stable’ outlook, citing vulnerabil­ities stemming from low per capita income and high government debt. The rating decision came after trading hours on Friday.

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