Sensex climbs 149 points to new record; Nifty closes cross 18,000

Equity benchmark Sensex jumped around 149 points to mark yet another record close of 60,284 on Tuesday, tracking gains in banking and consumer durables stocks. At close, the BSE Sensex settled 148.53 points or 0.25 percent higher at 60,284.31. Similarly, the NSE Nifty rose 46 points or 0.26 percent to its fresh closing peak of 17,991.95.

Titan company was the top gainer in the Sensex pack, rallying over 5 percent, followed by Bajaj Auto, Bajaj Finserv, SBI, Nestle India, ITC, Axis Bank and Tata Steel. Conversely,  HCL Tech, Tech Mahindra, UltraTech Cement, TCS and Sun Pharma were among the losers.

Buying was seen across the sectors as all the 15 sector gauges, except the index of IT shares, compiled by the NSE were trading higher led by the Nifty PSU Bank index's over 3 per cent gain. Nifty Media, Metal, Auto, Bank, and Realty sector gauges also rose between 0.6-1.5 per cent. Mid-Cap and small-cap shares also seen buying interest as Nifty Midcap 100 index advanced 0.6 per cent and Nifty Smallcap 100 index rose 0.8 per cent.

Stock exchanges in Europe were also trading on a negative note in early deals. Meanwhile, international oil benchmark Brent crude rose 0.26 percent to USD83.87 per barrel.

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