Sensex ends with marginal gain of 20 pts

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Mumbai, Oct 24 (UNI) The Bombay Stock Exchange sensitive index, displaying a volatile move, ended on flat note at 18512.91 with a gain of 20.07 points as compared to its previous close of 18492.84.

The benchmark Sensex today smartly opened up more than 200 points at 18727.90 on continued buying interest in blue chip stocks tracking firm global markets. But, later, it slipped into the red and at the day's low of 18317.17, down by 515.32 points from its day's high of 18832.49, on selling pressure, dealers said.

The market staged a comeback in late-afternoon trade to post decent gains, but selling dragged it lower again to close with a marginal gain of 0.11 per cent. However, the market breadth was strong throughout trading, dealers asserted.

Similarly, the broader base National Stock Exchange (NSE) Nifty index today closed with a marginal gain of 22.45 at 5496.15 as compared to previous close of 5473.70. It touched a day's high of 5,577 and a day's low of 5,419 during the day's trading session.

According to the dealers, eighteen of the 30 shares of the Sensex pack declined, while the rest gained. The total turnover on BSE at the end of the session amounted to Rs 7968 crore. European markets were trading higher, while Asian markets ended lower.

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