Mumbai: Benchmark indices for Indian equities markets ended this week with marginal gains in volatile sessions on uncertain global cues. The 30-scrip sensitive index (sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange ended the week at 16,866.97 points, up 0.27 percent or 45.51 points from the previous week's close at 16,821.46 points.

The markets commenced the week on an upbeat note and the benchmark Sensex regained 17,000 points mark on Wednesday and touched a high of 17,209 points mid-week.

However, snapping a three-day rally, the Sensex plunged almost 300 points on Friday, erasing most the weekly gains.

The 30-scrip index closed 298.57 points or 1.74 percent down at 16,866.97 points on Friday, the last trading day of the week.

Indian bourses slumped Friday on profit booking amid negative cues from other global markets.

At the National Stock Exchange, the 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty also slumped on Friday after rallying mid-week. The Nifty closed 1.82 percent lower at 5,059.45 points. The 50-scrip Nifty registered a gain of 0.4 percent in the weekly trade.

On the last trading day of the week, major Sensex gainers were: Hindustan Unilever, up 2.52 percent at Rs.333.25; Hero MotoCorp, up 2.05 percent at Rs.2,215.10; ONGC, up 0.34 percent at Rs.261.85 and HDFC, up 0.23 percent at Rs.660.

SBI, down 3.68 percent at Rs.1,954.90; RIL, down 3.33 percent at Rs.825.10; Tata Motors, down 3.21 percent at Rs.763.60; and Infosys, down 2.88 percent at Rs.2,271.20, were major losers of the 30-scrip index Friday.

Other Asian markets closed lower in choppy trade amid growing concerns of the state of the global economy. Investors were worried after Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, said that downside risks to growth had increased across the world.

Japan's Nikkei ended 0.63 percent down at 8,737.66 points on Friday.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng index closed 0.23 percent lower at 19,866.63 points and China's Shanghai Composite index ended flat at 2,497.75 points on Friday.

European and American markets slumped Friday after Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke offered no details on measures to revive the economy in a speech delivered on Thursday.

Britain's FTSE 100 fell 2.35 percent at 5,214.65 points, German DAX slumped 4.04 percent at 5,189.93 points and French CAC 40 closed 3.60 percent down at 2,974.59 points on Friday.

Dow Jones Industrial Average of the US fell 2.69 percent at 10,992.10 points and S&P 500 Index dropped 2.67 percent at 1,154.23 points.

(Agencies)