Equity indices close at new highs

Mumbai, Jan 5 :  Key Indian equity indices on Friday closed at record high levels, surging on the back of positive global cues and healthy buying in consumer durables, banking and auto stocks.

The wider Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) rose by 54.05 points or 0.51 per cent to provisionally close (at 3.30 p.m.) at a new high of 10,558.85 points, after it touched a fresh intra-day high level of 10,566.10 points.

The barometer 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE too scaled a new intra-day high of 34,188.85 points.

The Sensex closed at a fresh high of 34,153.85 points — up 184.21 points or 0.54 per cent — from its previous session’s close.

The BSE market breadth was bullish as 1,720 stocks advanced as compared to 1,218 declines.

On Thursday, the benchmark indices closed in the green as positive global cues, along with inflow of foreign funds lifted investors’ risk-taking appetite.

The NSE Nifty50 rose by 61.60 points or 0.59 per cent to close at 10,504.80 points, while the BSE Sensex closed at 33,969.64 points — up 176.26 points or 0.52 per cent.