Sensex starts week on strong footing

February 6th, 2012 - 1:30 pm ICT by IANS  

Sensex Mumbai, Feb 6 (IANS) Indian equities markets started on a positive note Monday with a benchmark index rising smartly to rule 175 points higher in morning trade.

The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the BSE, which opened at 17,741.91 points, was ruling at 17,780 points, 175.04 points or 0.99 percent up from its previous close at 17,604.96 points.

The 50-scrip S&P; CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange was also trading in the green at 5,376.2 points, up 50.35 points or 0.95 percent from its previous close.

Broader markets were ruling higher as well, with the BSE 500 index trading 1.34 percent up from its previous close. The BSE midcap index was up 1.94 percent while the BSE smallcap index gained 2.28 percent.

Realty, capital goods, metals and banking stocks were on the rise. All 13 sectoral indices on the BSE were in the green.

Prominent gainers on the 30-scrip Sensex included SBI, ICICI Bank, L&T; and TCS, while losers included Tata Power, RIL and NTPC.

The market breadth was positive with 1,893 stocks advancing, 646 on the decline and 82 unchanged.

Asian markets too were ruling in the green, managing to extend the previous week’s gains.

The Japanese Nikkei rose 1.03 percent to rule at 8,923.25 points, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng nudged up 0.1 percent to trade at 20,778.72 points.

The Chinese Shanghai Composite index was ruling flat at 2,331.27 points.

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