Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Sep 20 (ANI): Equity benchmark indices were largely flat during early hours on Friday as investors awaited the outcome of Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council's crucial meeting on whether or not to cut rates for automobile and tourism sectors.
At 10:15 am, the BSE SP Sensex was up by 63 points at 36,157 while the Nifty 50 was lower by 4 points to 10,701.
At the National Stock Exchange, sectoral indices were mixed with Nifty media down by nearly 5 per cent and realty by over 1 per cent. Nifty IT, metal, pharma and PSU banks were also in the red but auto, financial service and private bank were in the green.
Among stocks, Zee Entertainment dropped by 9.6 per cent to Rs 279.15 per share following reports that its promoter has been restricted from selling its stake in the media company.
Zee's subsidiary Dish TV too lost by 12.4 per cent while Network18 Media and Investments slipped by 2.5 per cent and TV Today Network by 2.1 per cent. Among the other losers were NTPC, Coal India, Power Grid, ONGC and IndianOil Corporation.
However, those which showed some gains were private lenders Yes Bank, HDFC Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank along with auto majors Hero MotoCorp, MahindraMahindra and Maruti Suzuki.
Meanwhile, Asian share prices inched higher on Friday as economic stimulus around the world eased fears over slowing growth. MSCI's broadest index of Asia Pacific shares outside Japan rose by 0.15 per cent while Japan's Nikkei rose by 0.46 per cent.
Monetary easing by the US Federal Reserve this week and by the European Central Bank last week underpinned investor sentiment. Central banks have been loosening policy to counter the risks of low inflation and recession. Easier monetary policy generally supports equities.