Benchmark share indices ended higher on Tuesday, amid a volatile trading sesssion, as gains in index heavyweights helped offset losses in Bharti Airtel and select bank shares.
The 30-share Sensex provisionally ended up 90 points at 17,233 and the 50-share Nifty ended up 27 points at 5,227.
(Updated at 14:47hrs)
Meanwhile, the European markets are trading on a mixed note wherein, DAX is trading higher by 0.8% at 6,830. While, CAC and FTSE are trading marginally lower.
In Asia, markets held on to gains on hopes of further stimulus from the European Central Bank and the US Federal Reserve, both of which hold policy meetings this week. Nikkei, Hang Seng and Kospi Composite advanced 0.6-2% each.
Back home, on the macro economic front, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) left interest rates unchanged for the second time since June, in line with expectations, while cutting its growth forecast and lifting its inflation outlook as economic conditions deteriorate.
The RBI kept its policy repo rate unchanged at 8% and left the cash reserve ratio (CRR) for banks at 4.75%. CRR is the share of deposits banks must keep with the RBI.
Wipro is the top gainer among the Sensex stocks, up 2% at Rs 340. Tata Motors, HDFC, ONGC, Cipla, Matruti Suzuki, Coal India, Sterlite Industries, TCS and Sun Pharma are also trading higher by 0.6-1.6% each.
On the other hand, SBI is the top loser among the Sensex stocks, down 2% to Rs 1,990. Bharti Airtel is also trading weaker by 2.2% at Rs 302 on reports that the company is planning to raise funds by issuing new shares to the public or institutional investors to pare its massive debt.
Jindal Steel, ICICI Bank, Hero MotoCorp, BHEL and Dr Reddy's Labs are among the top losers.
Meanwhile, the rate sensitive sectors have showcased a recovery from there intra-day low levels and are trading in the positive territory. BSE Realty index is the top sectoral gainer, up 1% at 1,635. Capital goods and auto indices are also up 0.5% each.
Among the other sectors, buying is also visible in the FMCG, healthcare, oil & gas, metal stocks.
From the realty pack, Phoenix Mills is the top gainer, up 3% at Rs 183. DLF, Prestige Estates and DB Realty are also among the top gainers.
Among the individual stocks, Deccan Chronicle Holdings has plunged 9% to Rs 15.25, its new low on reports that the state-owned financial institution, IFCI has sought the appointment of a liquidator for the company’s assets.
Sun TV Network has rallied 6% to Rs 275 on signing agreement with the state-owned Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation Ltd, which help the company to generate additional subscription revenues.
The broader markets are also trading flat. The BSE mid-cap and small-cap indices are up 0.2% each.
The overall breadth is neutral as 1,277 stocks are advancing while 1,329 are declining.