In Indian rupee terms, BSE Sensex up 9.1 pct, but in US dollar terms, it's down 3.1 pct in 2013

Reuters Posted online: Tuesday, Dec 31, 2013 at 0000 hrs
Mumbai : India's benchmark BSE Sensex index is up 0.25 percent, while the NSE Nifty index is up 0.26 percent as blue chips gain.

Blue chips gain on buying by foreign investors, who have helped push up index this year. FIIs bought 1.16 billion rupees ($18.72 million) in Indian shares on Monday, exchange data showed.

In Indian rupee terms, the BSE index is up 9.1 percent so far this year, compared with a 25.7 percent gain last year, a middle-of-the-pack performance in local currency terms for Asia-Pacific exchanges, according to exchanges.

However, in US dollar terms, BSE is down 3.1 percent, the region's seventh worst performer as per Thomson Reuters data.

Apollo Tyres Ltd is up 4 percent after a deal to acquire U.S.-based Cooper Tire & Rubber Co fell through late last night.

* Trent Ltd shares rise 3.9 percent a day after India's foreign investment regulator approved a $110 million investment plan by Britain's Tesco.