Mumbai, June 20 (IANS) A benchmark index for Indian equities markets Wednesday closed 36.83 points high, led by buying in metal, capital goods and health care stocks.
The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 16,903.96 points in the morning, closed at 16,896.63 points, up 0.22 percent or just 36.83 points from its previous close of 16,859.80 points.
The Sensex touched a high of 16,962.49 points and a low of 16,840.10 intra-day. The BSE midcap index rose 48.89 points while the smallcap index gained 49.94 points.
The wider 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange closed 0.33 percent higher at 5,120.55 points.
BSE metal index was up 131.76 points, capital goods index was up 111.11 points, health care index was up 76.71 points.
The major Sensex gainers were Sterlite Inds, up 3.07 percent at Rs.97.25; Dr Reddys Lab, up 2.96 percent at Rs.1,589.50; Tata Motors, up 2.83 percent at Rs.245.05; Jindal Steel, up 2.62 at Rs.439; and ONGC, up 1.91 percent at Rs.272.70.
The main losers were TCS, down 1.71 percent at Rs.1,252.05; Coal India, down 1.53 percent at Rs.338.70; Bharti Airtel, down 1.29 percent at Rs.310.70; ITC, down 1.14 percent at Rs.246.25; and Maruti Suzuki, down 1.14 percent at Rs.1,078.40.
The market breadth was positive with 1,617 shares advancing and 1,090 shares declining.
On the global front, Asian markets rose as investors bet on a fresh round of stimulus from the Federal Reserve to support a faltering US recovery and offset the impact of a deepening euro zone debt crisis.
At closing bell here, Germany's DAX and Britain's FTSE 100 were trading 0.06 and 0.16 percent higher respectively, while France's CAC was down 0.46 percent.