Indian equities markets on Tuesday took a breather after rising substantially in the previous sessions, but a key index managed to hold on to the 18,000-level.
The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 18,149.9 points, closed at 18,114.83 points, 33.62 points or 0.19 per cent up from its previous close at 18,081.21 points.
At the National Stock Exchange (NSE), the broader 50-share S&P CNX Nifty ended 0.15 per cent up at 5,439.55 points. Broader markets indices were also in the green with the BSE midcap index 0.31 per cent up and the BSE smallcap index 0.33 per cent higher.
Banking, oil and gas, and healthcare scrips were on the rise, while FMCG, capital goods and IT led the losing stocks.
The market breadth was positive, with 1,507 scrips advancing, compared to 1,430 stocks declining, and 118 remaining unchanged.
Among the gainers on the Sensex were Bharti Airtel, up 3.35 per cent at Rs.328.65; ICICI Bank, up 2.38 per cent at Rs.962.10; Hero Honda, up 1.79 per cent at Rs.1,858; and RIL, up 1.15 per cent at Rs.1,026.20.
Among the major losers were Reliance Communications, down 2.3 per cent at Rs.174.45; L&T, down 1.47 per cent at Rs.1,785.50; ITC, down 1.46 per cent at Rs.154.10, and M&M, down 1.14 per cent at Rs.652.85.
Financial and commodity stocks led the gainers on other Asian markets, which were mostly in the green. However, in China, traders booked profits, taking advantage of a recent rally which pushed up valuations.
The Japanese Nikkei closed 1.29 per cent higher at 9,694.01 points, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng was up 0.21 per cent at 21,457.66 points.
The Chinese Shanghai Composite index ended trade at 2,627 points, down 1.7 per cent from its previous close.
European markets slipped into the negative around closing bell here, as consolidation set in after Monday's rally.
The FTSE was trading 0.37 per cent lower at 5,377.15 points, while the German DAX was ruling 0.19 per cent down at 6,280.23 points.
The French CAC 40 was ruling 0.43 per cent lower at 3,736.05 points.