The BSE Sensex rose further by 46 points on sustained buying by funds in bluechips led by banks ahead of the RBI monetary policy meet amid a firming global trend.
The 30-share index BSE Sensex, which had gained 142 points in the previous session, advanced by 46.07 points, or 0.22 per cent, to close at 21,251.12 points. It touched a day's high of 21,302.52 points.
The broad-based NSE Nifty rose by 9.85 points, or 0.16 per cent, to 6,313.80 points.
Brokers said market sentiment improved after government decided to sell stake in Hindustan Zinc Ltd which might narrow down budget deficit.
Shares of Hindustan Zinc rose 0.15 per cent to Rs 135.20 after the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the sale of the government's residual stake.
They said the upsurge was backed by banking and interest rate sensitive stocks on expectations that RBI may keep its policy rates unchanged in its review meeting on January 28 as headline inflation has receded.
A firming trend in global stock markets also influenced the market sentiment to some extent, they added.
Among 30 BSE Sensex components, 15 stocks closed with gains.
The banking sector index gained the most rising by 1.55 per cent to 12,769.51, followed by the auto index which rose by 1.03 per cent to 12,239.74. Metal index rose by 0.77 per cent to 9,732.54 and capital goods index by 0.64 per cent to 9,761.91.
BSE Sensex ends higher, Tata Motors, ICICI Bank share prices extend gains
(Reuters) Indian shares edged up on Tuesday as interest rate-sensitive companies such as Tata Motors and ICICI Bank extended recent gains amid rising expectations that the central bank will keep monetary policy unchanged next week.
Engineering giant Larsen & Toubro Ltd rose ahead of its earnings on Wednesday as investors remain focused on results, while Hindustan Zinc Ltd gained after the government approved a sale of its stake in the company.
However, broader gains were limited as investors booked profits in recently rallying software services exporters such as Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.
"Markets are likely to trade rangebound