Equities close flat on disappointing macro-data

Mumbai, Feb 14 (IANS) Indian equities markets on Tuesday closed on a flat note — marginally in the red — as disappointing macro-economic data, coupled with broadly negative Asian indices and profit booking, subdued investors’ sentiments.

The wider 51-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) fell by 22.80 points or 0.26 per cent to 8,782.25 points.

The barometer 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the BSE, which opened at 28,386.12 points, provisionally closed at 28,339.31 points (at 3.30 p.m.) — down 12.31 points, or 0.04 per cent, from the previous close at 28,351.62 points.

The Sensex touched a high of 28,386.68 points and a low of 28,263.45 points during the intra-day trade.

The BSE market breadth was tilted in favour of the bears — with 1,790 declines and 1,039 advances.

On Monday, the NSE Nifty rose by 11.50 points or 0.13 per cent to close at 8,805.05 points, and the BSE Sensex was up by 17.37 points, or 0.06 per cent, at 28,351.62 points.