Sensex trades flat; healthcare stocks rise

Mumbai, March 24 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip BSE Sensitive Index (Sensex), was trading flat in the post-afternoon trade session on Tuesday — 40 points or 0.14 percent up.

The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE), too, was trading flat during the post-afternoon trade session. It was trading 10.10 points or 0.12 percent up at 8,561 points.

The Sensex of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 28,209.33 points, was trading at 28,231.53 points (1.30 p.m.), up 39.51 points or 0.14 percent from the previous day’s close at 28,192.02 points.

The Sensex touched a high of 28,366.41 points and a low of 28,157.83 points in the intra-day trade so far.

Healthy buying was observed in healthcare, oil and gas, information technology (IT), technology, entertainment and media (TECK) and consumer durables sectors.

However, bank, automobile, capital goods, metal, realty and power sectors came under selling pressure.

The S&P BSE healthcare index was up 212.82 points, followed by oil and gas index which augmented by 49.76 points, IT index was higher by 34.98 points, TECK index rose 28.88 points and consumer durables index gained 25.19 points.

The S&P BSE bank index was down 149.27 points, automobile index was lower by 108.80 points, capital goods index declined 67.88 points, metal index dropped by 57.81 points, realty index fell by 9.58 points and power index slipped by 1.01 points.

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