Shares crawled higher Thursday, as investors trod cautiously with benchmark indices quoting at their highest levels in nearly two-and-a-half years. Buyers shifted attention to mid-cap shares, as these are now beginning to look attractive relative to frontline shares, which have risen sharply over the last month.
The 30-share BSE Sensex closed at 20247.33, up 34 points after touching a 30-month high of 20326 intra-day. The 50-share Nifty closed at 6169.90, up 23.15 points over the previous close. Key earnings announcements today included those of Bajaj Auto and Reliance Capital. Bajaj Auto shares closed marginally lower even though the net profit figure was better than analyst estimates. Reliance Capital shares closed flat after reporting a decline in fourth quarter earnings.
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