Sentiment improved following a mild uptick in rollover of futures and options contracts to October. Value-buying in consumer durables, technology, FMCG, healthcare, realty and auto kept sentiment positive.
However, an upcoming long weekend and RBI's policy review on September 29 made investors cautious, who stayed away from creating large bets.
After a dismal start, the BSE Sensex continued to lose ground in line with a sluggish global trend as weak Chinese and US factory data added to lingering growth worries, but then ensured there was no further damage as it closed the day at 25,863.50, up 40.51 points, or 0.16 percent.

On a weekly basis, the BSE Sensex dropped 355.41 points, or 1.35 per cent, while the Nifty fell 113.40 points, or 1.42 percent, breaking two straight weeks of gains.
The broader Nifty ended up by 22.55 points, or 0.29 percent, at 7,868.50 after trading between 7,804.10 and 7,894.50 intra-day.
The market will be closed tomorrow on account of Id-ul-Juha.
Those who gained included Lupin, GAIL, ITC, Bajaj Auto and Maruti Suzuki. IT stocks such as Infosys, TCS and Wipro were in demand as the rupee weakened against the dollar.
Sector wise, the BSE IT gained the most by rising 2.02 percent, followed by consumer durables, technology, FMCG and healthcare.



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