Investors locked in gains amid lingering worries of a spurt in oil prices and its impact on inflation and fiscal deficit, brokers said. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.3 per cent and in close reach of a 10-year high set the previous day.
Asian shares slipped on Friday on uncertainty about United States tax reforms after Senate Republicans unveiled a plan that differed from the House of Representatives' version in several key areas, including a delay in the timing of a corporate tax cut.
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Falling for the second session, benchmark Sensex shed 152 points on Wednesday to end at an over one- week low of 33,218.81 on widespread selling in metal, oil and gas, telecom and realty sectors.
Major Sensex gainers on Friday were: SBI, up 6.20 per cent at Rs 333.20; LT, up 3.90 per cent at Rs 1,264.05; HUL, up 2.99 per cent at Rs 1,290.75; M&M, up 2.34 per cent at Rs 1,393.40; and ICICI Bank, up 2.25 per cent at Rs 318.60.
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Provisional data with the exchanges showed that foreign institutional investors sold stocks worth Rs 713.75 crore while domestic institutional investors invested in scrips worth Rs 231.25 crore. Manappuram Finance also ended lower by 3.88 per cent after reporting a 16.6 per cent decline in consolidated net profit for the September quarter. Key indices in Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, China, Singapore and Taiwan ended higher by 0.50 per cent to 1.73 per cent.
A similar trend was witnessed in the broader markets as investors preferred to take away profits at record levels, pulling down the mid-cap index by 1.47 per cent and small-cap by 1.35 per cent.
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Taiwan too fell 0.20 per cent but Shanghai Composite Index inched up 0.06 per cent. All the major sectoral indices with the exception of Nifty PSU Bank were trading in the early hours with metal stocks tanking the most.