Among the frontliners, ACC, BHEL, TCS, Wipro, Satyam, Sterlite Industries, Reliance Communication, HDFC Bank, DLF, Zee Entertainment and L&T have gained. However, Ambuja Cements, BPCL and Sun Pharma have lost ground.
Idea Cellular plunged 14% after disappointing second quarter numbers.
Asian markets are trading off day's high. Nikkei and Jakarta gained over 2%. Straits Times rose 1.5%. Shanghai and Hang Seng jumped half a percent each. However, Kospi and Taiwan fell half a percent each.