Domestic stock markets started Tuesday’s session with mild gains amid lackluster trade in Asian peers. The S&P BSE Sensex index rose as much as 107.65 points to touch 40,391.84 in the first few minutes of trade, and the broader NSE Nifty benchmark climbed above the 11,900 mark. Gains in auto and pharma shares outweighed losses in metal and financial stocks.
At 9:21 am, the Sensex traded 92.37 points – or 0.23 per cent – higher at 40,376.56 while the Nifty was up 20.00 points (0.17 per cent) at 11,904.50.
Top percentage gainers on the 50-scrip index at the time were Bharti Infratel, Bharti Airtel, Grasim, Tech Mahindra and Cipla, trading between 1.28 per cent and 5.45 per cent higher.
Bharti Airtel, Axis Bank and Reliance Industries were the top drags on Sensex.
On the other hand, Zee Entertainment, UPL, Vedanta, GAIL and Hindalco – trading between 0.93 per cent and 2.28 per cent lower – were the top Nifty losers.