Indian markets ended the session on Tuesday marginally in the green. The BSE Sensex ended at 19,348.12, up 42.8 points (0.22 per cent). The NSE Nifty ended at 5,889.25, up 18.3 points (0.31 per cent).

On the BSE, the top gaining indices were oil & gas, realty, power and banking, while consumer durables, IT, auto and metal sectors saw the highest decline.

Among the Sensex stocks, the top five gainers were Tata Power, RIL, SBI, Bajaj Auto and ICICI Bank. The top five losers were Mahindra & Mahindra, Wipro, NTPC, Sterlite and TCS.

Domestic sentiment was hit as investors preferred to adopt a cautious approach ahead of the vote on FDI in Parliament and trimmed their positions.

European stocks rose led by banks and insurance companies.

Most Asian stocks fell after US manufacturing unexpectedly shrank and as American lawmakers grappled with new budget proposals comprising a counter-offer from the House of Republicans to avert the fiscal cliff.

(This article was published on December 4, 2012)
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