Sensex gains 343.40 pts in early trade

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Mumbai, Mar 24: The benchmark sensitive index of Bombay Stock Exchange gained 343.40 points to touch a high at 15,338.23 following the positive movements in Asian markets.

Sensex today started the session on firm note at 15,093.77 after closing at 14,994.83 on March 19 and was hovering above 15K level in the morning session. Meanwhile, Nifty climbed over 70 points at 4649.45, after opening in positive zone. The Indian bourses opened higher tracking rally in the US market on Thursday, March 20, 2008. Realty, capital good and banking stocks were in demand. Index heavy weight ICICI Bank was the top gainer from the Sensex pack. Most of Asian markets were in green.

However, the market breadth was negative. On BSE, 782 stocks advanced while 971 declined and 45 stocks were unchanged. BSE Midcap and Smallcap were still in the negative zone below 2.5 per cent.

ICICI Bank soared 6.48 per cent to Rs 816, Reliance Industries (RIL) rose 0.41 per cent to Rs 2168. Larsen&Toubro was up 1.90 per cent to Rs 2893.

As per provisional data, Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) purchased shares worth Rs 30.54 crore on March 19, 2008. Domestic Institutional Investors (DIIs) were net buyers of shares worth Rs 142.19 crore on that day.

FIIs were net buyers of Rs 1,901.33 crore in the futures and options segment on the same day. They were net buyers of index futures to the tune of Rs 1,838.77 crore and sold index options worth Rs 175.11 crore. They were net buyers of stock futures to the tune of Rs 239.51 crore and sold stock options worth Rs 1.85 crore.


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