After trading in a narrow range with positive bias for most part of the day, Indian equity benchmarks ended higher on Thursday, with benchmark index Sensex ended nearly 155 points higher, while the NSE Nifty settled above the psychological level of 8,100-mark as participants rushed to rollover their December future & options contracts on expiry day, and amidst mixed cues from fellow Asian peers.
The 30-share barometer index of Bombay Stock Exchange, Sensex closed trade at 26,366.15, up by 155.47 points or 0.59 per cent, while the NSE Nifty ended at 8,103.6, up by 68.75 points or 0.86 per cent.
During the day’s trade, the BSE Sensex touched intraday high of 26,429.63 and intraday low of 26,166.67, while the NSE Nifty touched intraday high of 8,111.1, and intraday low of 8,020.8.
The top gainers of the BSE Sensex pack were NTPC Ltd. (Rs. 163.50,+1.68%), Tata Motors Ltd. (Rs. 470.75,+1.64%), Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (Rs. 5312.30,+1.56%), Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd. (Rs. 1256.05,+1.55%), Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (Rs. 2350.75,+1.51%), among others.
On the flip side, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Rs. 613.85,-1.25%), Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone Ltd. (Rs. 264.80,-1.21%), Larsen & Toubro Ltd. (Rs. 1341.35,-0.69%), Infosys Ltd. (Rs. 994.10,-0.51%), GAIL (India) Ltd. (Rs. 422.60,-0.34%), were among top losers on BSE.
On the sectoral front, consumer durables and oil & gas sector stocks emerged as top gainers, rising as much as 1.67 per cent and 1.56 per cent respectively.
The market breadth, indicating the overall strength of the market, was positive. On BSE, out of the total 2,884 shares traded, 1,748 advanced while 962 shares declined and 174 remained unchanged.