the limelight on good buying support from retail investors, said market experts. HDIL, which tanked over 38 per cent on the last 4 days, jumped by nearly 11 per cent today.
Globally, most Asian stocks closed lower while Japanese stocks finished with sharp gains, boosted by fresh multi-year lows for the yen. Singapore shares also ended better.
However, European markets were quoting higher in the afternoon trade. The DAX was up by 1 per cent, the CAC by 0.37 per cent and the FTSE by 0.09 per cent.
Back home, 23 scrips out of the Sensex pack finished with gains while the remaining seven declined. Among other major gainers from Sensex were Sun Pharma (2.62 pc), Cipla (1.37 pc), ONGC (1.40 pc), L&T (1.37 pc), HUL (1.37 pc), Gail India (1.29 pc) and Dr Reddy's Lab (1.02 pc).
Among losers, Tata Power dropped by 1.03 per cent and CIL by 0.73 per cent. RIL and HDFC also lost 0.27 per cent each.
In the sectoral indices, the BSE-Realty rose by 4.42 per cent, followed by BSE-Auto (2.19 pc), BSE-CD (1.71 pc), BSE-Metal (1.56 pc), BSE-HC (1.50 pc), BSE-CG (1.34 pc), BSE-PSU (1.24 pc) and BSE-Bankex (1.17 pc).
Market breadth turned positive as 1,663 stocks ended higher while 1,214 scrips finished lower. Total market turnover dropped to Rs 2,363.58 crore from Rs 2,565.55 crore yesterday.
Meanwhile, Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) bought shares worth Rs 1,026.31 crore yesterday, as per provisional data from the stock exchanges.
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