the Shanghai Composite (0.15%) and Hang Seng (0.11%) ended marginally in the green.
Back home, 23 of the 30 Sensex stocks ended in the red on Friday. In the broader market, breadth was weak with 1,720 stocks traded on BSE ending lower compared with 1,250 advances. Most of the 13 BSE sectoral indices ended in the red. The BSE Healthcare (-0.95%), BSE Auto (-0.91%) and BSE Capital Goods (-0.84%) were among the major losers.
The Budget is likely to provide the next big trigger for the market. The market is also likely to monitor the situation in Iraq. The cash turnover on the NSE on Friday stood at R16,064.94 crore, while the turnover in the F&O segment stood at R2.08 lakh crore.