New Delhi: The market on Friday ended in red on a day of consolidation with the Sensex trading down 42.24 points or 0.2 percent at 25838.14.

The Nifty on the other hand slipped 12.75 points or 0.2 percent at 7899.30.

Maruti, SBI, ONGC, NTPC and Axis Bank were among the gainers while HUL, HDFC, Sun Pharma, ITC and Infosys were losers in the Sensex.

French financial services major BNP Paribas said normal monsoons could help push the economic growth to eight percent in the current fiscal.

“Monsoons could add up to 50 basis points (0.5 percent) to the gross domestic product while the economy could also reduce by the same quantum if the country faces another year of drought,” BNP Paribas’s Richard Iley said.

He also said the economy can achieve an eight percent growth if private capital expenditure increases, agriculture and exports recover.

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