The BSE Sensex settled 12.53 points, or 0.03 percent, higher at 36,386.61. The broader NSE Nifty inched up 1.75 points, or 0.02 percent, to 10,906.95.
Snapping the four-day rally, gold prices on Friday witnessed a fall of Rs 80 to Rs 33,220 per 10 gram at the bullion market in the national capital on sluggish demand from jewellers, according to the All India Sarafa Association.
Atul Ltd's net profit surged 77% year-on-year in the December quarter to 1.17 bln rupees on the back of strong double-digit growth in sales and better operational performance.
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The Sensex and Nifty on Friday started on a volatile note tracking heavy selling on pharma and banking counters amid weakening rupee. Sun Pharma was the biggest loser on Sensex, cracking up to 10%.
Indian markets are seen opening with mild optimism due to mild positive Asia cues. Asia stocks trade higher.
Traders said gold prices firmed up in line with positive global cues. Gold traded higher at USD 1,292.55 an ounce while silver stood at USD 15.57 an ounce in New York. The precious metal firmed up by 0.44 percent to SGD 1,754 per ounce.
In the Sensex pack, Axis Bank, HCL Tech, M&M, TCS, HDFC, Kotak Bank, PowerGrid, Hero MotoCorp and Vedanta were among the top gainers, rising up to 1.91 per cent. Sun Pharma was the biggest loser, cracking 5.78 per cent.
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