Markets trade flat amid volatility; Handily dragged under 17,800 by metals

Domestic benchmark indices in a volatile session and traded flat after opening on Friday with a gap-up. Both the Sensex and Nifty benchmarks are in green during the afternoon market session amid mixed global signals.

On the sector front, the metals index underperformed with a tumble of around 2%, with IT, pharma and banking stocks falling 1% each as all sectors trading in the red, except oil and gas, rose above 1%.

At around 2:00 PM, Sensex was trading higher at 59,844.77 by 87.93 points or 0.15%. Nifty 50 traded at 17,751.45 higher by 14.50 points or 0.08%

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Top Bulls on Nifty are: Apollo Hospitals (+2.84%), RIL (+2.52%), Power Grid (+2.21%) supported by ONGC (+1.86%) and NTPC (+1, 85%). Meanwhile, the biggest losers on Nifty are: Tata Steel (-2.93%), Hindalco (-2.76%), ICICI Bank (-2.23%), Grasim (-2.15%) and Tech Mahindra (- 2%).

In addition, Asian stocks fell on Friday and were set to experience a three-day winning streak, while US stocks were mixed at the close on Thursday as investors balanced mixed earnings reports and economic data.

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