Indian markets ended the session marginally up on Tuesday.

The BSE Sensex ended up 56.47 points (0.32 per cent) at 17,440.87 and the NSE Nifty ended up 20.25 points (0.39 per cent) at 5,274.

Markets have picked up post 1 pm. However, the trading was range-bound, said analysts.

Among the Sensex stocks, the top five gainers were GAIL, RIL, Tata Steel, Jindal Steel and Tata Motors. The top five laggards were HDFC, Cipla, Tata Power, Sun Pharma and Bajaj Auto.

Realty, oil & gas were up over 1.1 per cent, while those of IT and healthcare sectors were flat.

Asian stocks fell as the European Union’s outlook was cut by Moody’s Investors Service ahead of policy meetings. European stocks were down as investors remained cautious ahead of US manufacturing report.

The Indian markets opened lower on the back of negative Asian cues even as the European and US markets showed improved stability following ECB chairman statements to rescue the euro from bond market turmoil.

(This article was published on September 4, 2012)
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