Domestic equity markets started Wednesday’s trading session in the positive zone ahead of Reserve Bank’s monetary policy review later during the day.
At 9.50 am, the Sensex at the BSE was trading 49 points higher at 26,442 while the Nifty at the NSE was trading 18 points up at 8,162.
In the broader markets, BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices jumped 0.3 per cent and 0.4 per cent respectively.
Among the BSE sectoral indices, Auto index jumped the most, up 0.7 per cent, while Healthcare index became the top loser, down 0.7 per cent.
On Tuesday, the Sensex had closed 44 points up at 26,393 and the Nifty had ended 14 points higher at 8,143.
Top gainers in the Sensex-30 pack: Adani Ports (up 1.4 per cent), Hero Motocorp (up 1.1 per cent), NTPC (up 1 per cent), HDFC (up 0.9 per cent) and Power Grid (up 0.9 per cent).
Top losers in the Sensex-30 pack: Sun Pharma (down 4.1 per cent), TCS (down 1 per cent), Lupin (down 0.6 per cent), ITC (down 0.5 per cent) and Dr Reddy’s Labs (down 0.3 per cent).
Meanwhile, the Rupee was trading four paise higher at 68.86 against the US Dollar.