Trading got off to a positive start on the Indian bourses this morning with investors picking up some blue chip stocks from across various sectors, tracking a firm trend in Asian markets.
Realty stocks, which declined sharply in the previous session, are among the prominent gainers in opening trades. Metal, bank and capital goods stocks are the other notable gainers.
Select healthcare, consumer durables and information technology stocks too have moved up. Automobile and oil stocks are a bit subdued.
The BSE benchmark Sensex is up 65.13 points or 0.33% at 20.046.70, slightly off a high of 20.053.97 it touched a little while ago. The Nifty index of the National Stock Exchange is up 21.30 points or 0.33% at 6069.80.
Housing finance stock HDFC, up 1.3% at Rs 823.60, is the top gainer in the Sensex. Maruti Suzuki, Hindalco, HDFC Bank, ITC, Jindal Steel & Power, Sterlite Industries, Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Steel, Larsen & Toubro, State Bank of India, Cipla and Dr Reddy's Laboratories are up 0.5% - 1%. GAIL India and Reliance Industries are up with modest gains.