Sensex, Nifty little changed; Reliance Industries hits record high

Nifty hits record high in morning trade, Sensex surges 191 points

Driven by stronger rupee and revival of buying interest of foreign investors amid abundant liquidity, the NSE Nifty closed at 10,153.10 - a new peak - up 67.70 points, or 0.67 per cent, after shuttling between 10,171.70 and 10,131.30.

The gauge had gained 610.64 points in the previous seven straight sessions.

The Sensex and Nifty were trading flat as investors remained cautious ahead of the Fed policy statement to be announced later today.

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In contrast, the 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE, which opened at 32,467.10 points, traded at 32,414.09 points - up 11.72 points, or 0.04 per cent, from its previous close at 32,402.37. "The consensus is showing status quo in interest rate while investors are keenly looking for any announcement for trimming the balance sheet", said Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services Ltd.

Telecom stocks - Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Reliance Communications fell 3-6 percent after telecom regulator TRAI slashed mobile call connection charge to 6 paise per minute from 14 paise now, effective October 1.

However, Bharti Airtel wiped off early losses to close higher by 0.39 per cent on some late buying.

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Indian shares were little changed on Wednesday, while market heavyweight Reliance Industries Ltd hit a record high as a cut in mobile interconnect fee is seen benefiting the company's telecom unit. It closed at Rs 847.10 per share - up 0.85 per cent.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng was trading higher by 1.07 per cent, while Shanghai Composite rose 0.25 per cent in late morning trade.

Top five Sensex gainers were Dr Reddy's (+2.19%), Reliance (+1.6%), L&T (+1.29%), ITC (+0.84%) and State Bank of India (+0.82%), while the major losers were Hero MotoCorp (-2.17%), Tata Motors (-1.65%), Coal India (-1.57%), Sun Pharma (-1.43%) and HUL (-1.16%).

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Meanwhile, domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought shares worth a net Rs 125.55 crore while foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) bought equities of Rs 418.86 crore on Friday, showed provisional data.

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