Mumbai: A benchmark index of Indian equities markets was trading flat at a mere 14.56 points up in afternoon trade on Monday, with capital goods, public sector undertakings (PSU) and power stocks dragging it down.

The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 18,656.00 points, was ruling at 18,639.90 points, 14.56 points or 0.08 percent up from its previous day's close at 18,625.34 points.

The Sensex touched a high of 18,743.41 points and a low of 18,610.65 in intra-day trade.

The BSE midcap index was up by 1.18 points while the smallcap index was higher by 13.33 points. On the sectoral front, the BSE capital goods index was lower by 86.51 points followed by PSU index, down 13.25 points and power index, down 9.00 points.

The wider 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was flat at 1.90 points or 0.03 percent up at 5,666.20 points.

Among other Asian markets, too, the trend remained flat -- Japan's Nikkei was down 0.04 percent, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng was trading 0.38 percent lower. Shanghai's Composite Index was down 0.35 points.

(Agencies)

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