Sensex rose over 250 points, Nifty traded above 17,700;

Overall market breadth was positive as 2,178 stocks were leading while 554 were falling on the BSE.

New Delhi: Indian equity benchmarks started trading in the green on Tuesday with gains across sectors. Asian equities were mixed, with Japan’s Nikkei falling 1.38 per cent, South Korea’s KOSPI 0.37 per cent and Shanghai Composite Index down 0.61 per cent.

Back home, as of 9:22 am, the 30-share BSE Sensex pack was up 263 points or 0.45 per cent at 59,447 and the broader NSE Nifty was up 80 points or 0.46 per cent at 17,706.

Mid- and small-cap stocks were trading on a positive note as Nifty Midcap 100 index was trading up 0.6 per cent and small-cap stocks up 0.58 per cent.

On the stock-specific front, NTPC was the top gainer in Nifty as the stock rose 2.50 per cent to Rs 129.15. ONGC, POWERGRID, Mahindra & Mahindra and BPCL were also gainers.

On the flipside, Tata Motors, HCL Tech, UltraTech Cements, Wipro and Tech Mahindra were among the losers.

Overall market breadth was positive as 2,178 stocks were leading while 554 were falling on the BSE.

On the 30-share BSE platform, Axis Bank, Maruti Suzuki, Bajaj Finance, ITC, Reliance Industries and Bajaj Finserv were the top gainers with their shares rising 1.28 per cent in early trade.

Sun Pharma, Infosys and Wipro suffered losses.

The benchmark BSE Sensex had closed 929 points or 1.60 per cent higher at 59,183 on Monday, while the broader NSE Nifty was up 272 points or 1.57 per cent at 17,626.

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