Sensex closes at 46 pts up
After opening at 18,841.49, the 30-share Sensex moved in a narrow 89-point range as trading remained largely lacklustre.
It touched 18,905.62, an over 14-month high, and the day's low of 18,816.57, before ending at 18,869.69 -- a level not seen since July 25, 2011. It has gained nearly 291 points in past three days.
Similarly, the 50-share NSE Nifty closed 12.56 points higher at a more than 17-month high of 5,731.25. In April 29, 2011, it had ended at 5,749.50.
"Choppiness was order of the day. Markets were able to stay in positive territory mostly," said Milan Bavishi, Head Research, Inventure Growth & Securities.
The Sensex rose as RIL, Hindustan Unilever (HUL), TCS, HDFC and ONGC gained.
However, losses in ITC, Infosys and Jindal Steel capped the rise. HUL was the best performer rising 2.37 per cent,
followed by Dr Reddy's Lab (2.2 pc) and Coal India (1.98 pc).
Jindal Steel was the biggest loser in Sensex as it dropped 4.58 per cent, followed by Bajaj Auto and Hero MotoCorp that lost 1.6 per cent each on reports of weak September sales.
Traders said market participants largely ignored reports that Asian Development Bank lowered India's growth forecast for the current fiscal to 5.6 per cent from 7 per cent projected earlier, citing falling global demand and impact of delayed monsoon on agricultural production.
Among sectors, BSE Oil&Gas index
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