Markets firm at early afternoon trade (Lead)

June 16th, 2008 - 2:52 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Sensex

Mumbai, June 16 (IANS) The Indian equity markets maintained its lead in early afternoon trade Monday. Sustained buying was witnessed in banking, realty and metal stocks. At 12.30 p.m., the 30-share BSE Sensex was up by 273.71 points or 1.80 percent at 15,463.33. At day’s high, it touched 15,553.37.

The market breadth was positive. On BSE, 1,818 shares advanced compared to 592 that declined and 52 remained unchanged.

At the same time, the broader based S&P CNX Nifty was up by 70.35 points or 1.56 percent at 4,587.45.

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