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Sensex trims early gains; still up by 162 points

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Sensex trims early gains; still up by 162 points
ICICI Bank: Quotes, News
BSE 438.60BSE Quote4.95 (1.13%)
NSE 438.65NSE Quote5 (1.14%)
HDFC Bank: Quotes, News
BSE 2472.00BSE Quote4.9 (0.20%)
NSE 2467.90NSE Quote39.2 (1.59%)
The S&P BSE benchmark Sensex trimmed its initial gains, but was still quoting higher by 162 points in the late morning trade after the Reserve Bank yesterday announced measures to increase the availability of cash in the banking system. Bank stocks rallied after the RBI relaxed some rules that will help banks deal with the notional or mark-to-market loss in their government bond portfolios due to a recent sharp fall in bond prices. Shares of consumer durable, capital goods, realty and PSUs also firmed up on good buying enquiries.
 

The Sensex resumed higher at 18,545.44 and advanced further to 18,567.70. However, a bout of profit-booking saw Sensex give up some gains to trade at 18,378.73 before quoting at 18,408.41, still showing a gain of 162.37 points or 0.89 per cent from its last close. The NSE 50-share Nifty also firmed up by 64.45 points or 1.19 per cent to 5,465.90 at 1030 hrs. Major gainers were BHEL (6.26 per cent), HDFC Bank (5.45 per cent), SBI (4.46 per cent), ICICI Bank (3.23 per cent),

HDFC (3.21 per cent) and M&M (1.93 per cent). Most Asian stocks fell in their early trade before the release of minutes of the Federal Reserve's July meeting. Key indices in Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea were down by 0.36 per cent to 1.07 per cent while indices in China and Indonesia rose by 0.08 per cent to 1.26 per cent.

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