However, trading action was skewed towards small-cap stocks as hefty buying in Mangalam Cement, Omaxe, OnMobile Global, Route Mobile, and Indoco Remedies, pushed the BSE SmallCap index up 1 per cent. Gains in mid-cap index remained capped amid sell-off in Adani Transmission, Adani Enterprises, Adani Green Energy, JSW Energy, SAIL, and Vodafone Idea. The BSE MidCap index ended little changed.
Sectorally, the Nifty Pharma index was the top gainer, up 0.6 per cent, followed by the Nifty Bank index, up 0.4 per cent. Conversely, the Nifty Metal index was the top sectoral loser on the NSE, down 1.5 per cent.
European shares rose on Friday on a boost from semiconductor makers, while investors awaited a closely watched monthly jobs report from the United States later in the day. The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.5 per cent, with technology stocks rising 1 per cent.
In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei added 0.3 per cent and Australia’s ASX 200 advanced 0.6 per cent.
(With inputs from Reuters)