Indices end at 2-week high

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United States markets closed on a soft note after Federal Reserve released the minutes of its previous meeting which showed that the policy makers are largely positive about the economy but worry that market prices are getting out of hand.

In the later part of the session the Nifty 50 reclaimed its 10,400-point mark as investor confidence got a boost due to positive global cues and ahead of a likely update by S&P Global Ratings on India's sovereign debt rating later today.

Overseas, Asian stocks were mostly subdued in trade, with the China's Shanghai Composite losing 2.26 per cent following new liquidity rules in the country. Markets will remain shut for Thanksgiving holiday today.

The Sensex opened higher at 33,670 and stayed in the green through the session to touch a high of 33,738.53 before settling 91.16 points, or 0.27 per cent, higher at 33,679.24 - its highest level since November 6 when it had closed at 33,731.19.

It saw an intra-day movement of 67 points.

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Sector-wise, IT rose by 1.02 per cent, energy 0.83 per cent, media 0.26 per cent and pharma 0.16 per cent.

However, both Metal and PSU Bank fell by 0.57 per cent. The market breadth was positive as 1506 shares advanced against a decline of 1,227 shares, while 154 shares were unchanged.

Total securities that hit their price bands were 167.

A total of 14,162.76 lakh shares changed hands in 10,270,944 trades. The market capitalisation of listed firms on NSE stood at Rs 1,44,88,532.06 crore.

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