Mumbai: A benchmark index of Indian equities markets was up Tuesday, trading 63 points higher in afternoon trade.
The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 17,631.64 points, was ruling at 17,696.88 points, 0.36 percent or 63.43 points up from its previous day’s close at 17,633.45 points.
The Sensex touched a high of 17,729.09 points and a low of 17,572.34 points in intra-day trade.
The BSE banking index was up 123.90 points, followed by the metal index, up 97.29 points.
The wider 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange was ruling 0.37 percent at 5,367.85 points.
The major Sensex gainers were Tata Steel, up 2.45 percent at Rs.405.35; Tata Motors, up 1.88 percent at Rs.232.70; Coal India, up 1.87 percent at Rs.354.05; ICICI Bank, up 1.83 percent at Rs.967; and Jindal Steel, up 1.74 percent at Rs.414.75.
The main Sensex losers were Sun Pharma down 2.21 percent at Rs.667; HDFC, down 1.14 percent at Rs.707.20; Sterlite Inds, down 1.10 percent at Rs.112.70; Bajaj Auto, down 1.05 percent at Rs.1,690l; and NTPC, down 0.49 percent at Rs.171.25.
Among other Asian markets, Japan’s Nikkei was up 0.50 percent while Shanghai’s composite index was 0.30 percent higher. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was up 0.63 percent.