Mumbai, Sep 15 (PTI) North Korea’s latest missile test

that flew in the face of UN sanctions kept the market on its

toes as the Sensex today ended with a measly gain, helped by a

flurry of late buying.

In effect, this brought up the seventh day of gains back

to back for the BSE benchmark index.

The Korean peninsula took limelight after North Korea

fired another missile over Japan that landed in the Pacific

Ocean, further ratcheting up geo-political tensions.

The 30-share Sensex was in the red for much part of the

session, but later turned positive to close up 30.68 points,

or 0.10 per cent, at 32,272.61.

The gauge rallied 579.96 points in the previous six

sessions, on the back of continuous capital inflows by

domestic institutional investors (DIIs).

The 50-share NSE Nifty, however, was little changed,

ending 1.20 points down — or 0.01 per cent — at 10,085.40

after hovering between 10,043.65 and 10,115.15.

On a weekly basis, both the Sensex and the Nifty recorded

a significant rise of 585.09 points, or 1.84 per cent, and

150.60 points, or 1.51 per cent, respectively.

Most other Asian markets closed mixed. European shares

moved lower in their early trade following an explosion on an

underground train at a busy station in Southwest London today.

“The Nifty continued to face resistance above 10,100

level due to weak global cues and continued hostility in

Asia… Continued FII selling and tightening monetary policies

in the US will curtail easy liquidity, which is making

investors cautious,” said Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit

Financial Services Ltd.

In the Sensex box, ONGC came on top, jumping 4.71 per

cent to Rs 166.90 on strong buying, followed by Bajaj Auto

(3.19 per cent) at Rs 3,022.05.

Coal India, Infosys, Wipro, TCS, Lupin and HDFC Bank all

rose by up to 1.94 per cent.

However, Dr Reddy’s, ITC Ltd, NTPC and SBI succumbed to

profit-booking and ended lower by up to 1.77 per cent.

DIIs bought shares worth a net Rs 793.31 crore while

foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold off equities worth a

net Rs 1,334.23 crore yesterday, showed provisional data.

In broader markets, the small-cap index rose 0.38 per

cent, but mid-cap shed 0.28 per cent as investors took profit.

The BSE IT index jumped the most with a gain of 1.04 per

cent.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.