Indian equities closed higher on Tuesday, tracking firm cues from Asian peers, as investor gave thumbs-up to US-North Korea summit in Singapore. In a one-on-one meeting, United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un signed a “comprehensive” document, which is likely to ease geo-political tension in Korean peninsula. The investor also awaited slew of macro data such as consumer price index inflation and index of industrial production data will be released today. In line with the benchmark indices, the broader markets were trading higher, with MidCap and SmlCap indices gaining as much as 0.9 per cent and 0.54 per cent, respectively.
The 30-share benchmark index closed trade at 35692.52, up by 209.05 points or by 0.59 per cent, and the NSE Nifty settled at 10842.85, up by 55.9 points or by 0.52 per cent.
During the day’s trade, the BSE Sensex touched intraday high of 35743.08 and intraday low of 35479.07, while the NSE Nifty touched intraday high of 10856.55 and intraday low of 10789.4.
The top gainers of the BSE Sensex pack were Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd. (Rs. 2190.25,+5.23%), State Bank of India (Rs. 282.85,+3.36%), IndusInd Bank Ltd. (Rs. 1950.45,+2.41%), Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (Rs. 1640.45,+2.41%), Hero MotoCorp Ltd. (Rs. 3688.75,+2.11%), among others.
On the flip side, Bharti Airtel Ltd. (Rs. 381.05,-1.98%), Tata Steel Ltd. (Rs. 579.80,-1.52%), Coal India Ltd. (Rs. 283.50,-1.49%), Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (Rs. 171.35,-1.10%), YES Bank Ltd. (Rs. 332.40,-0.98%), were among top losers on BSE.
On the sectoral front, healthcare and capital goods stocks emerged as top gainers on BSE, rising as much as 1.94 per cent and 1.19 per cent, respectively.
The Market breadth, indicating the overall strength of the market, was strong. On BSE out of total shares traded 2983, shares advanced were 1522, while 1298 shares declined, and 163 were unchanged.