Sensex closes above 15,000 points (Roundup)

August 20th, 2009 - 6:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Sensex Mumbai, Aug 20 (IANS) A key index of Indian equities markets closed 202 points higher Thursday, recouping most of the losses incurred the previous day.
The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened higher at 14,930.05 points, ended at 15,012.32 points, up 202.68 points or 1.37 percent.

It slipped in the last 40 minutes or so, after gaining more than 335 points to reach the day’s high of 15,145 points.

The broader-based Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) followed a similar path and ended 1.35 percent up at 4,453.45 points.

Broader market indices also made some gains, with the BSE midcap index closing 0.8 percent higher and the BSE smallcap index ending 0.82 percent up.

The market breadth was positive, with 1,525 stocks advancing, 1,145 declining and 77 remaining unchanged.

Of the 30 stocks on the Sensex, 29 ended on the gainer’s list. Prominent among these were Maruti Suzuki, up 4.88 percent at Rs.1,364.45; M&M, up 4.48 percent at Rs.774.05; Hero Honda, up 3.9 percent at Rs.1,412.20; and SBI, up 3.7 percent at Rs.1,753.60.

Bharti Airtel’s scrip ended as the sole loser after the company said that talks with South African telcom major MTN were extended yet again. The revised deadline is Sep 30. The stock ended 1.15 percent down at Rs.400.05.

At the Shanghai Stock Exchange, the main index closed 4.52 percent higher, while the Nikkei, a key index of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, ended 179.41 points or 1.76 percent up at 10,383.41 points.

The Hang Seng, the primary index of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, also rose, gaining 374.63 points or 1.88 percent at 20,328.86 points.

In Britain, the FTSE 100 index was 1.28 percent higher at 4,749.49 points. Its French peer, the CAC 40, was up 1.4 percent at 3,498.75 points.

Germany’s DAX was also ruling positive at 5,298.09 points, having risen 1.26 percent.

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