Ahead of March futures & options contracts expiry, domestic equity markets were trading in the positive zone in the second hour of trade on Thursday with Nifty trading above record closing high of 9160.

At 11.05 am, the Sensex was trading 68 points or 0.23 per cent higher at 29,599 while the Nifty50 was trading 17 points or 0.18 per cent up at 9,161.

In the broader markets, BSE Midcap index gained 0.5 per cent while BSE Smallcap Midcap index surged 0.9 per cent.

Among the BSE sectoral indices, Realty index registered the biggest gain with a jump of 2.5 per cent. Consumer Durables (up 1.5 per cent), Capital Goods (up 0.8 per cent), Oil & Gas (down 0.6 per cent) and Power (down 0.5 per cent) indices were other notable gainers. Telecom index slipped 0.2 per cent.

Top gainers in the Sensex-30 pack: Adani Ports (up 3.8 per cent), SBI (up 1.1 per cent), Hero Motocorp (up 1 per cent), Sun Pharma (up 0.7 per cent) and TCS (up 0.7 per cent).

Top losers in the Sensex-30 pack: Axis Bank (down 0.5 per cent), Coal India (down 0.5 per cent), Bharti Airtel (down 0.4 per cent), Tata Motors (down 0.4 per cent) and Lupin (down 0.3 per cent).

Asian markets were trading in the negative zone, Japan’s Nikkei 225 Index declined 0.9 per cent, Singapore’s Straits Times Index lost 0.3 per cent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index shed 0.5 per cent, Korea’s KOSPI index slipped 0.2 per cent and China’s Shanghai Composite Index dropped 1.4 per cent.

Back home, the Rupee was trading one paisa down at 65.14 against the US Dollar.