Indian equity markets provisionally close flat

Mumbai: Indian equity markets, after trading in the negative territory on Tuesday, provisionally closed the day's trade flat -- marginally in the green. Healthy buying was witnessd in information technology (IT) and technology, media and entertainment (TECK) stocks. The wider 51-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) inched up 3.45 points, or 0.04 per cent to 8,632.60 points. The barometer 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the BSE, which opened at 28,012.56 points, provisionally closed at 27,990.21 points (at 3.30 p.m.) -- up 4.67 points, or 0.02 per cent from the previous close at 27,985.54 points. The Sensex touched a high of 28,028.98 points and a low of 27,902.78 points during the intra-day trade. The BSE market breadth was minimally tilted in favour of the bears -- with 1,356 declines and 1,316 advances. On Monday, both the key Indian indices were suppressed by negative global cues and a weak rupee. The barometer index had receded by 91.46 points, or 0.33 per cent, while the NSE Nifty edged down 37.75 points, or 0.44 per cent.