The key domestic benchmark indices continued to trade firm during the late noon trading session amid buying in index heavyweights including NTPC, L&T, Infosys, ONGC and ICICI Bank among others.
The 30-share benchmark index was trading at 27224.29 up by 83.88 points or by 0.31 per cent, while the NSE Nifty was at 8403 up by 22.35 points or by 0.27 per cent.
In the firm trade so-far, Sensex touched an intraday high of 27278.93 and an intraday low of 27166.6, while the NSE Nifty touched an intraday high of 8417.2 and an intraday low of 8382.3.
Traders were optimistic after NITI Aayog estimating a growth rate of 8 per cent for 2016-17 as per a ‘cautiously optimistic’ prognosis it has laid out in the appraisal document for the Twelfth Five-Year Plan, flagging the lack of reforms in land acquisition, labour and simplification of administrative procedures as impediments to growth.
The top gainers of the BSE Sensex pack were NTPC Ltd. (Rs. 173.15,+5.32%), Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (Rs. 197.90,+4.30%), Infosys Ltd. (Rs. 995.40,+2.72%), Larsen & Toubro Ltd. (Rs. 1444.50,+2.24%), Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (Rs. 200.90,+1.70%), among others.
The top losers of the BSE Sensex pack were Lupin Ltd. (Rs. 1489.30,-2.04%), Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd. (Rs. 2999.90,-1.56%), Coal India Ltd. (Rs. 311.95,-1.48%), Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Rs. 640.00,-1.19%), ITC Ltd. (Rs. 244.70,-1.13%), among others.
Among the sectors, Power index was at 2132.8 up by 66.78 points or by 3.23%. NHPC Ltd. (Rs. 30.25,+10.40%), NTPC Ltd. (Rs. 173.15,+5.32%), Torrent Power Ltd. (Rs. 187.25,+4.64%), Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (Rs. 197.90,+4.30%), Crompton Greaves Ltd. (Rs. 64.45,+3.62%),.
On the flip side, HCS index was at 14960.52 down by -162.71 points or by -1.08%. Lyka Labs Ltd. (Rs. 57.50,-5.35%), Dishman Pharmaceuticals & Chemicals Ltd. (Rs. 241.50,-4.79%), Vivimed Labs Ltd. (Rs. 100.10,-4.03%), Nectar Lifesciences Ltd. (Rs. 35.35,-3.28%), Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd. (Rs. 685.05,-2.99%),.
The Market breadth, indicating the overall strength of the market, was weak. On BSE out of total shares traded 2890 , shares advanced were 1151 while 1568 shares declined and 171 were unchanged.