Sensex flat, Asian bourses holding up

August 3rd, 2010 - 1:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Sensex Mumbai, Aug 3 (IANS) A benchmark index for Indian equities Tuesday was ruling on a quiet note, though cues remained firm from most other Asian bourses.
The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 18,149.9 points, was trading at 18,114.64 points, 33.43 points or 0.18 percent up from its previous close at 18,081.21 points.

At the National Stock Exchange (NSE), the broader 50-share S&P CNX Nifty was ruling 0.13 percent up at 5,438.45 points.

Broader markets indices were also in the green with the BSE midcap index 0.36 percent up and the BSE smallcap index trading 0.72 percent higher.

Banking, oil and gas, and realty scrips were on the rise, while IT and capital goods led the losing stocks.

The market breadth was positive, with 1,589 scrips advancing, compared to 1,135 stocks declining, and 114 remaining unchanged.

Financial and commodity stocks led the gainers on other Asian markets, which were mostly in the green. Among the slower ones Tuesday was China, having taken a breather after its recent rally.

The Japanese Nikkei was ruling 1.29 percent higher at 9,694.01 points, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was up 0.5 percent at 21,519.24 points.

The Chinese Shanghai Composite index was trading marginally higher at 2,676.2 points, up 0.13 percent from its previous close.

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