The S&P BSE Sensex and Nifty on Thursday closed at their highest levels in about a week aided by gains in FMCG, consumer durables and metal shares, amid firm global cues. After a positive start, the BSE Sensex dropped to 20079.82 intra-day on selling in view of persistent capital outflows. However, it recovered and touched 20358.19, before ending at 20310.74. It gained 49.71 points over Wednesday.

The 50-share NSE Nifty rose by 13.90 points to 6036.30 in its second day of rise.

Rupee gains 20 paise

The rupee on Thursday appreciated 20 paise to end at 62.37 on positive trends in domestic equities and fresh dollar selling by exporters. At the inter-bank foreign exchange market, the domestic unit commenced strong at 62.40 a dollar from the previous close of 62.57. It later touched a low of 62.55 before closing at 62.37

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