Sensex ends slightly high, hopes up on GST meet outcome

The Bombay Stock Exchange in Mumbai .

Stocks consolidated in a volatile session on Thursday as the Sensex closed in positive space after two sessions of fall, ahead of the outcome of the GST Council meet amid a good set of earnings from Tata Motors and others.

The 30-share Sensex, which had lost 512.38 points in the previous two sessions, edged up 32.12 points, or 0.10 per cent, to close at 33,250.93 after trading between 33,463.80 and 33,111.54.

During the day, the benchmark swung almost 350 points (both sides).

The 50-share NSE Nifty ended flat, up 5.80 points, or 0.06 per cent, at 10,308.95. Intra-day, it touched a high of 10,368.45 and a low of 10,266.95.

Reliance Industries closed 1.4 per cent higher, while ICICI Bank gained 1.9 per cent.

Expectations that the GST (Goods and Services Tax) Council may offer relief to some sectors through reduction in tax rates at its meeting starting today supported the rebound, traders said.

Nasdaq closed in green, up by 0.31 per cent while FTSE 100 was also up by 0.22 per cent at the closing on Wednesday.