On the NSE, 761 stocks advanced, 1,047 declined while 49 remained unchanged.
In the Sensex kitty, private lender ICICI Bank emerged as the best performer with a rise of 2.63 percent, followed by Maruti Suzuki at 1.27 percent. "However, selling pressure emerged in afternoon trade after four Supreme Court judges reportedly said working of the apex Court was not in order".
TCS shares fell 2 per cent intraday after the company had yesterday reported 3.6 per cent fall in net profit for the December quarter.
Markets are waiting for more corporate results to flow in to see signs of recovery after the goods and services tax and the withdrawal of high-value bank notes, he added.
Energy stocks led the surge after the price of oil touched its highest level since 2014.
"There is a little bit of hesitation seen ahead of key macro data coming later in the day".
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Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) net sold shares worth Rs 303.94 crore while, domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought equities to the tune of Rs 522.90 crore, provisional data showed.
Safe-haven assets such as gold and the yen firmed up ahead of earnings from the big U.S. banks and consumer inflation data due later in the day, while oil prices eased a little bit after hitting their highest levels since December 2014 in the previous session. The pan-European Stoxx Europe 600 index eased 0.3%.
December exports grew an annual 10.9%, beating forecasts but down from a robust 12.3% gain in November.
It was a volatile day and last minute buying pushed the index towards fresh closing high on Nifty on Thursday, but most analysts are losing conviction in the Bull run at least in the short term.
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