Experts feel markets are likely to post further gains. "Positive momentum is likely to continue and Nifty may touch 6800. After the rally, it may consolidate within a range of 6400 6600 in the near term," Standard Chartered Securities said in a note.
Among sectoral indices, the BSE Healthcare (1.23%), BSE FMCG (1.22%) and BSE IT (0.56%) were the major gainers. Among individual stocks, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries (4.08%), Hero Moto Corp (2.24%) and ITC (2.08%) were the major gainers on the 30-share Sensex.
Meanwhile, most Asian indices ended in the red. The Nikkei (-2.59%), Hang Seng (-1.65%), Kospi (-1.60%), Straits Times (-1.02%) and Shanghai Composite (-0.17%) were trading lower. European indices were also under pressure. FTSE (-0.99%), DAX (-1.46%) and CAC (-1.51%) were trading in the red at 5.00 pm IST.