Markets finished the day on a positive note though there was selling in some oil, capital goods and auto stocks in late trade. The volumes remained low through the day. Positive cues from Wall Street and Asian markets also played a key role. On the global front, Asian markets ended strong. Nikkei was up 2.7 per cent, Taiwan Weighted 0.8 pc, Hang Seng 1.9 pc, Staits Times by 1.9 pc and Kospi by 0.77 pc. European markets were mixed.
FTSE 100 and DAX were up while CAC 40 was down marginally. BSE indices including Realty, Midcap, BANKEX, METAL PSU and small cap index also remained in the limelight.
The BSE Sensex has crossed 15500 mark again and hit an intraday high of 15,553.37. It has closed at 15,395.82, up 206.20 points or 1.36 per cent but lost 157 points from day's high. However, it resumed firm at 15,333.07 points against the previous day's close.
The Nifty index of National Stock Exchange (NSE) hit the 4600 mark and touched a high of 4617.70. It was up 55.40 points or 1.23 pc to settle at 4572.50 but lost 45 points from THE day's high.
Most beaten down sector like Realty showed smart recovery and outperformed other indices. Index jumped by 3.54 pc or 200.64 points to close at 5,870.87 due to buying in Indiabulls Real, Unitech, Puravankara Proj, HDIL and DLF.
Market breadth was positive with about 1905 shares advancing while 1039 shares declined. Nearly 176 shares remained unchanged. Total turnover witnessed by the markets stood at Rs 55401.19 crore, which was very low due to less participation in cash markets.
Turnover includes Rs 10714.45 crore from NSE Cash segment, Rs 40166.83 crore from NSE F&O and the balance Rs 4519.91 crore from BSE Cash segment. The BSE clocked a turnover of Rs 4512 crore as compared to Rs 5847.40 crore last Friday.
The market breadth was strong on BSE with 1741 shares advancing as compared to 907 that declined. 76 remained unchanged.
' Among the Sensex top gainers were Infosys Tech, up sharply by 43.60 to close at Rs 1863.65 points followed by Reliance Infrastructure by Rs 40.50 to Rs 1020, HDFC by Rs 34 to 2133.30, ICICI Bank by 33.90 to 764.80, HDFC Bank by 28.10 to Rs 1123.35, L&T by Rs 26.95 to 2710.15, Bharti Airtel by 25.65 to Rs 813.95, Reliance by 16.55 to Rs 2268.30, DLF Ltd by 11.45 to Rs 479.75, Wipro by 8.40 to 477.85, Satyam Comp by 7.60 to 480.85, Tata Steel by Rs 7 to Rs 841.35, Cipla by 5.45 to Rs 211.30 and ITC Ltd by Rs four to Rs 197.45.
But a few leading heavyweight stocks drifted lower on profit booking by local bear operators. Scrips like BHEL declined by Rs 33.55 to close low at 1561.10, followed by REL com ltd by Rs 8.25 to Rs 543.35, SBI by 8.15 to Rs 1334.55, Hindalco by 4.05 to Rs 175.40, Maruti Suzuki by 3.75 to Rs 721.85 and Mahindra&Mahindra by 1.30 to Rs 570.40.