The market closed with marginal gains on Thursday, the expiry day for November series derivative contracts. The 50-share NSE Nifty ended tad below the 8500-mark, up 18.45 points at 8494.20 while the Sensex rose 52.72 points to 28438.91.
The broader markets outperformed benchmarks throughout the session. The BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices gained 0.5 percent each. About 1585 shares advanced while 1364 shares declined on the Bombay Stock Exchange.
BHEL topped the buying list, up 5.73 percent followed by HUL, Tata Power, Cipla, Hindalco Industries, Punjab National Bank and HCL Technologies with 1.8-3 percent gain.
However, Bharti Airtel, Tata Steel, Sesa Sterlite, Larsen & Toubro, ONGC, DLF, Ambuja Cements and Grasim Industries fell 0.7-2.6 percent.
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