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A maturing market amid the mayhem
The Sensex topped 15,000 points during trade on Wednesday for the first time in nine months, but lost steam and closed at 14,870 as investors booked profits.
The 30-share sensitive index swung from an intra-day high of 15,045 to an intra-day low of 14,734, and finally closed 4 points down. The fifty-share Nifty ended 0.12 percent higher at 4530.
On the sectoral front, the BSE Banking Index shed 1.2 percent, followed by the IT Index which ended 1percent lower, mainly due to rise in the rupee. The BSE Consumer Durable Index, however, ended higher at 4.04 percent.
FIIs bought net $44.4 million in shares and $374.7 million in debt. Aggressive buying of Indian stocks by FIIs has kept investor sentiments upbeat. Their total inflow in calendar year 2009 totalled $4554.6 million.
The benchmark was dragged lower by heavyweights Bharti Airtel, Reliance Industries and ICICI Bank.