The market started off last day of the year on a positive note.
- Sensex rose 36.08 points to 25996.11
- Nifty gained 9.25 points at 7905.50
Coal India, Dr Reddy's Labs, Infosys, Tata Steel, Hindalco and Idea Cellular were early gainers while ONGC, NTPC, ICICI Bank, HUL, Adani Ports, PNB, Power Grid Corporation and BPCL lost ground.
The Indian rupee opened lower by 6 paise at 66.45 per dollar on Thursday against previous day's closing value of 66.39 a dollar.
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Asian markets traded flat today, the final trading session of 2015. The Japanese and South Korean markets remain closed today. On Wednesday, the Nikkei 225 rounded off a 9.3 percent gain for 2015. Stock markets in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and New Zealand will also shut earlier than usual. The ASX 200 index was up 0.08 percent at 5,324 with both energy and materials sectors in the red.
Meanwhile, in the US, stocks closed lower in low volume trade as a decline in oil prices weighed on Wednesday. The Dow Jones industrial average ended down more than 110 points as selling accelerated into the close. In the Europe too equities finished trade lower as investors fretted over renewed weakness in global commodity markets. The downward momentum in oil markets hit European energy stocks.