However, cautioned prevailed on sustained outflows by foreign funds and a weak trend in global markets as investors are waiting for key US jobs numbers and a European Central Bank meeting later this week. The 30-share index, which had gained 352.46 points in the previous two sessions, rose 17.47 points, or 0.07 percent, at 26,145.67.

The broader NSE Nifty, however, succumbed to late-selling in blue-chips and ended in the red by falling 7.45 points, or 0.09 percent, to close at 7,935.25.
 
On a monthly basis, while the Sensex dropped by 511.16 points, or 1.91 percent, this month -- the most since August -- on sustained outflows by foreign funds, Nifty retreated 130.55 points, or 1.61 percent.

Trading sentiment was upbeat on hopes that India's growth may pick up in the September quarter as GDP data are due to be out later in the day, brokers said. Meanwhile, RBI is likely to keep interest rates unchanged in its fifth bi-monthly monetary policy review tomorrow, they said.

Foreign portfolio investors sold shares worth Rs 519.25 crore on Friday, as per provisional data from stock exchanges. Automobile companies M&M, Tata Motors and Bajaj Auto saw solid buying interest and gained up to 1.41 percent on hopes of strong monthly sales figures for November to be released tomorrow.

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