Sensex ends 62 points up; capital goods, FMCG stocks rally
The 30-share index of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), Sensex, which opened at 20,132.83 points, closed at 20,080.91 points -- up 62.78 points or 0.31 percent from its previous close at 20,039.04 points.
The Sensex touched an intra-day high of 20,163.38 points and a low of 20,056.46 points.
The midcap index was down 10.07 points, while the smallcap index was marginally higher by 1.31 points.
The wider 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was trading up 17.90 points or 0.30 percent at 6,082.30 points.
Major indices like capital goods index closed 156.78 points higher, followed by oil and gas index, which was up 125.28 points. The FMCG index was up 61.13 points.
In terms of losers, automobile was down 35.37 points, while the healthcare index fell 32.93 points and realty index dropped 30.26 points.
The major Sensex gainers were Reliance Industries (RIL), up 2.35 percent at Rs.920.05; BHEL, up 2.25 percent at Rs.231.65; Larsen and Toubro (L&T), up 2.00 percent at Rs.1,567.25; Maruti Suzuki, up 1.87 percent at Rs.1,574.65; and Bharti Airtel, up 1.82 percent at Rs.355.00.
The main losers were Sun Pharma, down 1.86 percent at Rs.699.65; Tata Motors, down 1.55 percent at Rs.323.00; NTPC, down 1.46 percent at Rs.161.75; Tata Consultancy Service (TCS), down 1.45 percent at Rs.1,331.60; and Cipla, down 1.38 percent at Rs.403.95.
Among other Asian markets, Japan's Nikkei index was down 1.52 percent, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng ended 0.05 percent lower. The Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.48 percent.
In Europe, Britain's FTSE 100 was up 0.23 percent while the German DAX was trading 0.36 percent higher. The French CAC 40 was up 0.27 percent.