The Indian equities ended tad higher in choppy trade on Tuesday, led by gains in capital goods and consumer durables stocks, tracking firm cues from Asian peers and rebound in crude oil prices which boosted appetite for risker assets.
However, the undertone remained cautious ahead of the key macro data and quarterly earnings by some more companies, to be released this week.
The BSE SENSEX closed at 25772.53, up by 83.67 points, or by 0.33 per cent, and the NSE Nifty ended at 7887.80, up by 21.75 points, or by 0.28 per cent.
In the choppy trade, the BSE Sensex touched intraday high of 25809.93 and intraday low of 25614.24, while the NSE Nifty touched intraday high of 7896.9 and intraday low of 7837.7.
In line with benchmark indices, the broader market ended higher, with the BSE MIDCAP closing at 11124.88, up by 22.7 points, or by 0.2 per cent, while the BSE SMLCAP ended at 11042.02, up by 11.89 points, or by 0.11 per cent.
The top gainers of the BSE Sensex pack were Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd. (Rs. 2929.25,+3.07%), Axis Bank Ltd. (Rs. 487.85,+2.22%), Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (Rs. 862.45,+1.93%), Larsen & Toubro Ltd. (Rs. 1318.60,+1.87%), GAIL (India) Ltd. (Rs. 391.70,+1.54%), among others.
Meanwhile, Tata Motors Ltd. (Rs. 388.90,-3.58%), NTPC Ltd. (Rs. 140.65,-1.75%), Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (Rs. 208.10,-1.65%), Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone Ltd. (Rs. 195.00,-0.99%), Asian Paints Ltd. (Rs. 898.65,-0.83%), were among top losers on BSE.
On the sectoral front, capital goods and consumer durables stocks emerged as top gainers, adding as much as 1.48 per cent and 0.68 per cent respectively.
The Market breadth, indicating the overall strength of the market, was flat. On BSE out of total shares traded 2916, shares advanced were 1362 while 1387 shares declined and 167 were unchanged.
On the global front, most of the Asian stocks ended tad higher, with Japan"s Nikkei 225 rallied over 2 per cent as a weaker yen bolstered the lure for exporter stocks. Hang Seng and Chinese stocks also settled higher, paring early losses, after Chinese producer prices remained in the negative territory, plunging 3.4 per cent, year on year, in April 2016, while consumer inflation came in at 2.3 per cent.
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