Indian equity benchmarks ended on a positive note on
Thursday, helped by buying in metal and realty stocks amid mixed global market
trends. Key indices made gap-up opening but trimmed most of their gains in the
afternoon session, as traders were cautious after formal job creation in India
slowed down in August after remaining buoyant for the last four months across
the Employees’ Provident Fund Organization, the Employees’ State Insurance
Corporation and the National Pension Scheme.

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The Sensex climbed 212.88 points or 0.36% to settle at
59,756.84. During the day, it jumped 415.98 points or 0.69% to 59,959.94. The
Nifty advanced 80.60 points or 0.46% to end at 17,736.95.

The broader indices ended in green the BSE Midcap index
gained 0.44% and the SmallCap index was up by 0.41%. The gaining sectoral
indices on the BSE were Metal up by 3.02%, Realty up by 2.95%, Utilities up by
1.85%, Power up by 1.84%, Oil & Gas up by 1.39% while, IT down by 0.48%,
TECK down by 0.02% were the losing indices on BSE.

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Top gainers from the Sensex pack were Tata Steel up by
3.02%, Power Grid Corp 2.47%, Sun Pharma 2.04%, Bharti Airtel 2.03%, Titan
Company 1.45%, Axis Bank 1.37%, Dr. Reddys Labs 1.34%, Kotak Mahindra 1.24%,
Mahindra & Mahindra 1.24% and HDFC 1.15%.

Among the laggards were Bajaj Finance down by 1.92%, Bajaj
Finserv 1.68%, Asian Paints 1.32%, Tech Mahindra 0.68%, Nestle 0.60% and Wipro

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Asian markets ended mostly higher with the Hang Seng up by
0.72% and the KOSPI Composite up by 1.74%. However, the Nikkei 225 fell 0.32%
and the Shanghai Composite lost 0.55%.

European stock exchanges were trading on a mixed note in
mid-session deals. Indian stock markets were closed on Wednesday for ‘Diwali

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The Indian rupee appreciated 34 paise to close at 82.47 against
the US dollar as the greenback recovered from its elevated levels.

Brent crude, the international oil benchmark was trading
0.13% higher at USD 95.79 per barrel.

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According to stock exchange data, foreign Institutional
Investors (FIIs) offloaded shares worth Rs 247.01 crore on Tuesday.