At 3.02 pm, the Sensex was trading up 59.56 points or 0.30% at 19,620.60 with 14 components gaining. Meanwhile, the Nifty was trading higher by 13.40 points or 0.23% at 5,935.90 with 21 components gaining.
The 30-share benchmark index, BSE Sensex opened with a gain of 40.65 points or 0.21% at 19,601.69, while the broad based NSE Nifty started with a rise of 20.65 points or 0.35%, at 5,943.15.
Housing Development Finance Corporation contributed rise of 22.37 points in the Sensex. It was followed by Infosys (19.67 points), I C I C I Bank (18.33 points), Tata Consultancy Services (18.12 points) and Tata Motors (12.91 points).
However, State Bank Of India contributed fall of 12.93 points in the Sensex. It was followed by Tata Steel (6.29 points), Larsen & Toubro (4.91 points), Hindustan Unilever (4.91 points) and Sterlite Industries (India) (4.07 points).
Major gainers in the 30-share index were Tata Motors (2.01%), Tata Consultancy Services (1.83%), Bharti Airtel (1.63%), Mahindra & Mahindra (1.63%), Housing Development Finance Corporation (1.52%), and Infosys (1.22%).
On the other hand, Bajaj Auto (2.59%), Sterlite Industries (India) (2.25%), Tata Steel (2.02%), Tata Power Company (1.91%), State Bank Of India (1.78%), and Hindalco Industries (1.47%) were the major losers in the Sensex.
Mid & Small-cap Space
The BSE Mid and small caps underperformed their larger counterparts declining -0.07% and -0.21% respectively.
The major losers in the BSE Midcap were Allahabad Bank(3.61%), Allcargo Logistics (1.16%), Amtek India (0.56%), CORE Education and Technologies (0.43%) and Amtek Auto (0.41%).
The major losers in the BSE Smallcap were A2Z Maintenance & Engineering Services (0.96%), Reliance MediaWorks (0.44%), Advanta India (0.4%), Action Construction Equipment (0.32%) and Styrolution ABS (India) (0.12%).
Sectors in Limelight
The Power index was at 1,848.70, down by 20.8 points or by 1.11%. The major losers were C E S C (4.05%), Reliance Infrastructure (2.72%), Bharat Heavy Electricals (1.34%), Adani Power (0.64%) and A B B (0.29%).
The Metal index was at 9,932.19, down by 105.33 points or by 1.05%. The major losers were Hindalco Industries (1.47%), Hindustan Zinc (1.36%), Jindal Steel & Power (0.69%), JSW Steel (0.28%) and Bhushan Steel (0.04%).
On the other hand, the IT index was at 6,496.43, up by 81.26 points or by 1.27%. The major gainers were H C L Technologies (4.08%), Infosys (1.22%), Tech Mahindra (0.88%), Mphasis (0.84%) and Hexaware Technologies (0.6%).
Market breadth was negative with 1,267 advances against 1,513 declines.
Value and Volume Toppers
United Spirits topped the value chart on the BSE with a turnover of Rs. 846.66 million. It was followed by State Bank Of India (Rs. 757.18 million), Unitech (Rs. 545.27 million) and Karnataka Bank , The (Rs. 386.04 million).
The volume chart was led by Unitech with trades of over 18.80 million shares. It was followed by Kingfisher Airlines (4.78 million), D B Realty (3.80 million) and Lanco Infratech (3.49 million).