Mumbai, Feb 21 (IANS) A benchmark index at Indian equities markets was Tuesday ruling moderately higher with the gainers led by power, realty and metal stocks.
The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 18,303.73 points, was ruling at 18,384.87 points, 95.92 points or 0.52 percent up from its previous close at 18,289.35 points.
The 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange was trading higher at 5,597 points, up 32.7 points or 0.59 percent from its previous close.
Broader markets were also in the green, with the BSE 500 index trading 0.63 percent up. The BSE midcap index was up 0.79 percent while the BSE smallcap index gained 1.17 percent.
As per the sectoral indices on the BSE, power, realty and metal stocks were on the rise, while consumer durable and IT scrips saw selling.
Prominent gainers on the 30-scrip Sensex included BHEL, ONGC, Tata Steel and Hindalco, while losers included TCS, Maruti Suzuki, HDFC Bank and Wipro.
The market breadth was positive with 1,599 stocks advancing, 1,002 on the decline and 130 unchanged.
Asian markets were ruling quiet as investors cautiously eyed if Greece would be able to secure a second bail-out package. Expectations of the package had driven up stocks in the region in the past week.
The Japanese Nikkei fell 0.14 percent to trade at 9,472.27 points, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was flat at 21,412.11 points.
The Chinese Shanghai Composite index, also nudged up 0.1 percent to trade at 2,366.05 points.