The Sensex breached the 22,000 mark for the first time on Monday on the back of continued overseas investor interest linked to upcoming polls.
    
The NSE 50-shares Nifty also touched a new intra-day peak of 6,562.20 during the week surpassing previous lifetime peak of 6,537.80 hit on last Friday.
    
The buoyant mood was somehow disturbed by country's exports which contracted 3.67 percent in February to USD 25.68 billion.
    
A steep fall in software major Infosys also affected the market sentiment. Infosys crashed by 9.40 percent after the company said it expected muted growth in January-March quarter and even probably in the next financial year.
    
"Buoyed by better than expected macro-economic data, equity benchmarks were seen making a positive start. However, gains remained capped as some cautiousness crept in the market as SEBI has tightened norms to prevent money laundering through capital markets," said Jayant Manglik, President, Retail Distribution, Religare Securities.

Meanwhile, retail inflation eased to 25-month low of 8.1 percent in February and industrial growth registered a modest growth of 0.1 percent in January. WPI inflation also eased to nine-month low of 4.68 percent in February.
    
The Sensex resumed lower at 21,819.19 and hovered in a range of 22,023.98 and 21,573.48 before ending the week at 21,809.80, showing a loss of 109.99 points or 0.50 percent.

(Agencies)

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