Market ends in positive space on earnings lift

\ Mumbai, Oct 27 (PTI) The stock market today moved without\a clear direction, but some signs of revival in corporate\earnings meant the benchmark Sensex wiped out early losses\to end with a paltry gain of 79 points.\ Investors placed bets to cover their short positions on a\day when October derivatives contracts expired, which aided\the upmove. Better-than-expected earnings by Maruti Suzuki and\Hero MotoCorp gave some hope too.\ The broader NSE Nifty, however, ended flat at 8,615.25\points.\ \\"Short covering on the expiry day and some green shoots\today in earnings lifted the market from the day\\’s low. The\prolonged concern over bank NPA issues and broad sets of weak\earnings has capped the possibility of resurgence in the\market direction,\\" said Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit\BNP Paribas Financial Services.\ The Sensex closed up 79.39 points, or 0.29 per cent, at\27,915.90 after hitting the day\\’s high of 27,958.13. The\30-share gauge had lost 342.57 points in the past two\sessions.\ At the close, the 50-share NSE Nifty was flat at 8,615.25\after shuttling between 8,624.85 and 8,550.25.\ Moreover, pick-up in rollover of positions by\participants to November series too influenced sentiment. The\recovery came on top of buying in FMCG, healthcare, banking\and oil and gas stocks.\ Broader markets, however, stayed in the negative terrain,\with the mid-cap index and small-cap falling 1.04 and 0.77 per\cent, respectively.\ Meanwhile, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares\worth a net Rs 1,450.65 crore yesterday, showed provisional\data.\ Shares of country\\’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki fell\0.21 per cent after the company posted 60.18 per cent growth\in net profit at Rs 2,398 crore for the September quarter.\ Hero MotoCorp fell 3.12 per cent even as the company\yesterday reported a 27.74 per cent increase in net profit for\the second quarter.\ Tata group stocks, including Tata Motors and Tata Steel,\continued to reel under pressure and fell by up to 1.44 per\cent amid concerns about purported disclosure made by ousted\group chairman Cyrus Mistry about huge write-down risks\at some firms.\ Tata Chemicals and Tata Power were down by 1.98 and 1.36\per cent each while Tata Global Beverages fell over 5 per\cent. Indian Hotels and Tata Tele were down by up to 9.72 per\cent. However, TCS, managed to close in the green, rising\marginally by 0.68 per cent.\ The BSE FMCG index gained the most by rising 0.55 per\cent, followed by healthcare. Auto fell 1.36 per cent,\consumer durables 1.01 per cent and IT 0.78 per cent.\ Most other Asian indices closed lower following worries\over oil production. Japan\\’s Nikkei fell 0.32 per cent,\Shanghai Composite Index 0.13 per cent and Hong Kong\\’s Hang\Seng 0.83 per cent.\ European stocks too dropped in their early deals with\London\\’s FTSE falling 0.24 per cent. Paris CAC was down 0.67\per cent and Germany\\’s DAX fell 0.35 per cent. MORE PTI SUN\KPS DP SDG RSU RD\ARD\

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