Extending gains for fourth-straight session, Indian equity markets started Wednesday’s trading session on a positive note.
At 9.50 am, the Sensex at the BSE was trading 32 points up at 26,456 while the Nifty at the NSE was trading 18 points higher at 8,160.
Broader markets outperformed the front liners, BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices surged 0.5 per cent and 0.9 per cent respectively.
Among the BSE sectoral indices, Consumer Durables index jumped the most, up 1 per cent, while Telecom index became the top loser, down 0.5 per cent.
On Tuesday, the Sensex had closed 44 points up at 26,394 and the Nifty had ended 15 points higher at 8,142.
Top gainers in the Sensex-30 pack: Adani Ports (up 1.7 per cent), ICICI Bank (up 1.3 per cent), Asian Paints (up 1.2 per cent), Maruti Suzuki (up 1.2 per cent) and Lupin (up 0.9 per cent).
Top losers in the Sensex-30 pack: ITC (down 0.5 per cent), Tata Motors (down 0.5 per cent), Hero Motocorp (down 0.4 per cent), Tata Steel (down 0.3 per cent) and Axis Bank (down 0.3 per cent).
Meanwhile, the Rupee was trading three paise higher at 68.62 against the US Dollar.