Sensex up marginally; bank, healthcare stocks gain

September 11th, 2012 - 6:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Sensex Mumbai, Sep 11 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets was trading 36 points higher ain afternoon trade Tuesday, as bank, healthcare, oil and gas stocks went up.

The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 17,711.80 points, was ruling at 17,803.44 points, 36.66 points or 0.21 percent up from its previous day’s close at 17,766.78 points.

The Sensex touched a high of 17,820.55 and a low of 17,677.38 points in intra-day trade. The BSE midcap index was up 13.85 points, while the smallcap index was 32.39 points high.

The wider 50-scrip S&P; CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange was ruling 9.85 points or 0.18 percent up at 5,373.30 points.

On the sectoral front, the BSE bank index was up 34.53 points followed by health care index, which was up by 32.06 points, and the oil and gas index, up 30.53 points.

Top Sensex gainers were Gail India, up 6.70 points at Rs.373.50, HDFC, up 9.95 points at Rs.749.60, NTPC, up 2.30 points at Rs.173.90, BHEL, up 2.30 points at Rs.200.45 and Maruti Suzuki, up 12.75 points at Rs.1,217.90.

The main losers included Sterlite Inds, down 4.25 points at Rs.94.05; Jindal Steel, down 9.60 points at Rs. 335.00; Hero MotoCorp, down 29.05 points at Rs.1,791.50; Tata Steel, down 2.30 points at Rs.377.60 and Wipro, down 2.30 points at Rs.373.85.

Among other Asian markets, Japan’s Nikkei was down 61.99 points or 0.70 percent, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was up 41.16 points or 0.21 percent. Shanghai’s composite index was trading 14.34 points or 0.67 percent down.

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