Stock Markets settled higher on GST relief on Friday, but post weekly loss to some extent. Nifty registered marginal profit taking and lost over 1% in the passing week. The Bank Nifty index has been consolidating in a narrow range close to its record high, while Nifty IT index surpassed the benchmark index and spurted strongly in the passing week.
The key benchmark Sensex & Nifty overcame a spell of the extreme end volatility to close with modest gains today as investor sentiment got a lift after the GST Council trimmed tax rates on a wide range of items.
The BSE Sensex, after a start at 33,235 levels, rebounded to the day’s high of 33,380.42 in the late afternoon trade of the week ended Friday, but lost some ground to end at 33,314.56, up 63.63 points, or 0.19%, from its earlier close. The NSE Nifty 50 index, after moving between 10,254.10 and 10,344.95, finally ended 12.80 points, or 0.12%, higher at 10,321.75. For the week, Sensex index fell by 371 pts, whereas the Nifty lost 130.75 pts.
The GST Council on Friday provided release to several sectors by reducing tax rates an array of consumer items to 18% from current 28% and cut rates on 177 goods.