2017's last trading day ends with big gains

Stocks of power, auto, information and technology sectors saw robust buying- also, futures buying also added momentum.

The Sensex clocked its best performance in recent years, rising by 7,430.37, or 27.91 percent in 2017.

It has been an upbeat year for the markets.

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Back home, markets began the day on a flat note and traded in a narrow band for the first half of the trading session.

Out of 1,999 stocks traded on the NSE, 1,042 advanced, 630 declined and 327 remained unchanged today.

"Though the outlook on main indices is moderate in the short to medium-term, the broad market will maintain its vibrancy as businesses flourish", Vinod Nair of Geojit Financial Services, said. It surpassed its previous closing high of 34,010.61 reached December 26. The Sensex closed at 33,911.81 with a loss of 98.80 points while the Nifty ended at 10,490.75, down 40.75 points. Both indices rose for the fourth straight week.

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Reliance Communications (RCom) today rose as much as 23%, after Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Jio announced yesterday that it will acquire RCom's wireless infrastructure assets, including towers and spectrum, at an estimated price of Rs 20,000-24,000 crore.The stock, however, 17.48% up on the NSE. In the Sensex pack, Tata Motors saw the maximum gain of 3.06 per cent, followed by Axis Bank (2.74 per cent), TCS (2.72 per cent) and Hero MotoCorp at 2.38 per cent. BSE Metals and Realty indices rose (101.94%) and 94.02%, while BSE FMCG and BSE Capital Goods gained 35.87% and 35.43%, respectively.

In the domestic markets, returns in the mid-cap and small-cap stocks were even more than that of the indices.

Trading was thin across global markets on the last session of the year. Japan's Nikkei 225 has edged up 58 points, Hong Kong's Hang Seng has gained 54 points and China's Shanghai Composite has added 5 points. The CAC 40 of France slipped 0.55%, DAX of Germany lost 0.69%, while FTSE 100 of the United Kingdom closed above the neutral line.

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