New Delhi, Oct 11 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets closed 173 points higher Thursday. Good buying was seen in capital goods, metals and bank stocks.
The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 18,627.37 points, closed at 18,804.75 points, 173.65 points or 0.93 percent higher from its previous day's close at 18,631.10 points.
The Sensex touched a high of 18,847.81 points and a low of 18,581.49 points in intra-day trade. The BSE midcap index was lower by 76.56 points while the smallcap index was 59.49 points down.
The wider 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange closed 55.90 points or 0.99 percent down at 5,708.05 points.
On the sectoral front, the BSE capital goods index was up 223.95 points followed by the bank index, up 169.05 points, and the metal index, up 168.41 points.
Major Sensex losers were SBI, down 2.32 percent at Rs.2,227.20; Tata Power, down 2.25 percent at Rs.100.05; Hindalco Inds, down 2.11 percent at Rs.116.15; BHEL, down 2.04 percent at Rs.245.15; and NTPC, down 1.82 percent at Rs.166.85.
The main gainers were BHEL, up 2.61 percent at Rs.251.55; Larsen and Toubro (L&T), up 2.25 percent at Rs.1,649.50; Tata Motors, up 2.22 percent at Rs.273.80; and Bharti Airtel, up 2.06 percent at Rs.267.20.
Among other Asian markets, Japan's Nikkei closed 0.58 percent down while Hong Kong's Hang Seng ended trading 0.38 percent up. Shanghai's composite index closed 0.81 percent lower.
In Europe, France's CAC climbed 0.52 percent, while Germany's DAX was up 0.63 percent. Britain's FTSE 100 index was higher by 0.65 percent.