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Sensex, Nifty eke out gains; energy, IT stocks save the day

Benchmark indices Sensex and Nifty eke out gains on ` after two sessions of decline as investors snapped up energy, IT and pharma shares.

After fighting multiple bouts of volatility during the session, the BSE gauge Sensex settled 35.75 points or 0.07% higher at 50,441.07. Intraday, the index rose as much as 667 points, but pared most of its gains tracking weakness in global markets.

The NSE Nifty ended with a gain of 18.10 points or 0.12% at 14,956.20. On the Sensex chart, L&T, ONGC, HCL Tech, NTPC, Axis Bank and Infosys were major gainers. On the other hand, Bajaj Finance, IndusInd Bank, UltraTech Cement, Bajaj Auto and HDFC twins emerged as top laggards.

In other Asian markets, equities suffered losses amid sustained volatility in view of concerns over rising bond yields. Though, Asian shares had started the session on high, cheering the US Senate passing a $1.9 trillion stimulus bill for COVID-19 relief package.

Investor nerves also calmed a bit after the U.S. labour department reported stronger-than-expected jobs data for February. Meanwhile, global crude oil prices climbed after Saudi Arabia reported drone attack on its oil facilities.

Foreign investors had offloaded equities worth ₹2,014.16 crore on a net basis in Indian capital markets on Friday, according to exchange data.

On the Forex market front, the rupee tumbled 23 paise to close at 73.25 against the U.S. dollar on March 8.

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