Markets close: Sensex gains 30 points
The stock market had a roller-coaster ride on Tuesday with the benchmark BSE Sensex surging by 240 points in intra-day trading but ending with a gain of just 29 points.
The Sensex, which had been under bear-hammering for the last one week, turned volatile before closing with a small gain of 29.74 points at 14,932.77. Earlier in the day, it touched a high of 15,142.04 and a low of 14,901.83 points.
In similar fashion, the National Stock Exchange index Nifty closed higher by 16.85 points at 4,356.35. It touched the day's high of 4,406.40 and a low of 4,341.50 points.
The recovery was on the back of a surge in capital goods, public sector undertaking, realty and oil and gas stocks.
Brokers said the domestic market rebounded after global markets recovered from their lowest levels in a month on speculation the US government will take steps to check mortgage losses that led to a crash in global equities.
"This is a pull back in select segment stocks after the recent decline," Rajiv Malik, a Mumbai-based broker, said and added, "the US housing problem is still a worry and until that is sorted out, markets will remain volatile".