Rising for the third session, the benchmark BSE Sensex today edged higher to end at over one-week closing peak of 25,561.16 supported by gains in shares from metal and power sectors.
After rising nearly 64 points, the BSE barometer pared gains amid profit-booking in realty, oil&gas and auto stocks.
Hectic buying, however, was seen in mid-cap and small-cap shares with their BSE indices gaining over 1.3 per cent each, outpacing blue-chip Sensex’s mere 0.04 per cent rise.
Investors adopted a cautious stance after two days of hefty gains and preferred to book some profits, brokers said.
The Sensex resumed higher at 25,540.92 ahead of TCS and Bajaj Auto quarterly earnings. It advanced to 25,613.03 but was later trapped in a narrow range, before closing 11.44 points, or 0.04 per, cent higher at 25,561.16. This is its strongest level since 25,582.11 on July 8.
In the previous two sessions, the Sensex gained nearly 543 points as positive economic data and the RBI’s easing of financing norms for infrastructure development boosted buying.
The Bajaj Auto scrip slipped over 2 per cent after the firm reported marginal year-on-year increase in June quarter net profit. TCS shares also ended 0.8 per cent weak ahead of earnings later in the afternoon.
Among 17 gainers in 30-share Sensex pack, Hindalco surged 3.91 per cent, followed by Tata Power (3.53 per cent), Tata Steel (2.99 per cent) and Coal India (2.86 per cent).
In the 13 Sensex laggards, shares M&M saw the biggest drop of 3.18 per cent, followed by Bajaj Auto, GAIL nd TCS.
Meanwhile, the NSE 50-issue Nifty ended with a marginal gain of 16.05 points, or 0.21 per cent, at 7,640.45, its second straight highest close since July 7. Intra-day, it moved in the range of 7,655.65 and 7,612.70.
Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) had bought shares worth a net Rs 621.68 crore yesterday.
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Indian shares gain for third day; TCS earnings awaited
(Reuters) – Indian shares rose for a third straight session on Thursday as lenders such as Kotak Mahindra Bank extended gains on upbeat sentiment as the central bank exempted long-term bonds for the infrastructure sector from reserve requirements.
Also, overseas investors bought Indian shares worth of 6.21 billion rupees ($103.5 million) on Wednesday, provisional exchange data showed.
Sentiment also got a boost as the monsoon rains were 15 percent below average in the past week, against 41 percent below average rainfall in the previous week, the weather office data showed.
Broader gains were although capped on caution ahead of key earnings such as from Tata Consultancy Services Ltd due later in the day and Reliance Industries Ltd on Saturday.
“Markets are likely continued…