Sensex spurts 135 pts as blue chips rally

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 19, 2013 09:45 hrs

Thanks to some brisk buying at several counters from across various sectors, the market has moved up smartly in late afternoon trades and the Sensex and Nifty now look set to end the session on a fairly positive note today.

The Sensex is now up 135 points or 0.7% at 19,636.08. The Nifty index of the National Stock Exchange is up 30.55 points or 0.52% at 5928.75.

Realty stocks are among the top gainers. Mirroring their surge, the BSE Realty index has now spurted 2.2%. Information technology, healthcare, power and automobile stocks are among the other impressive gainers.

A few stocks from oil, FMCG and banking sectors have moved up smartly. Metal and capital goods stocks are off their lows. Consumer durables stocks are trading mixed.

IT heavyweights Infosys (1.2%), Wipro (1.5%), Tata Consultancy Services (1%) and HCL Technologies (2%) have moved up on strong buying support. Mahindra Satyam and Tech Mahindra are up 3.6% and 4.3%, respectively. Mphasis is up with a gain of 2.2%.

Among the gainers in the Realty index, DLF is up by over 3%, HDIL is trading nearly 3% up, Unitech is up 2.5% and Oberoi Realty is up by around 2%. Anant Raj Industries, Godrej Properties, Indiabulls Real Estate and Prestige Estates are also trading notably higher.

Healthcare stocks Aurobindo Pharma, Biocon, Cadila Healthcare, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, Cipla and Ranbaxy Laboratories are up 2% - 3%. Wockhardt is trading stronger by over 4%, while Divi's Laboratories, Dr Reddy's Laboratories, IPCA Laboratories and Strides Arcolab are up 1.2% - 1.6%.

ONGC, up 3.5%, is contributing substantially to the market's smart upmove. ACC is up nearly 3%, Maruti Suzuki is gaining about 2.3% and BHEL is up with a gain of 2.2%.

Bajaj Auto, NTPC, IDFC, Ultratech Cement, Hindustan Unilever, Kotak Bank, Asian Paints, Sesa Goa, Ambuja Cements, Hindalco and Punjab National Bank are also up with strong gains.

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