Continuing its surge for the sixth day, the BSE Sensex crossed the landmark 29,000-level for the first time to hit a life-time high of 29,060.41.
After paring some gains, the 30-share index settled at an all-time closing peak of 29,006.02, up by 117.16 points, or 0.41 percent, over the previous close. It surpassed the earlier record closing of 28,888.86 hit on Wednesday.
The gauge has now gone up by 1,659.20 points in the six consecutive sessions. It took 50 trading sessions from November 12 to January 22 to reach the historic 29,000-level from 28,000.
Also, the NSE Nifty continued its winning run and zoomed to hit a fresh record high of 8,774.15, breaking its earlier record of 8,741.85 (intra-day) reached on Wednesday.
However, profit-booking at record levels trimmed some gains but the Nifty ended at a new record high of 8,761.40, up 31.90 points, surpassing its previous closing peak of 8,729.50 in Wednesday's trade.
Improving macroeconomic data, surprise rate cut by the Apex bank last week and encouraging Q3 earnings by some bluechip companies and positive global cues buoyed the market and helped key indices to hit new highs, brokers said.

Meanwhile, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) remained the main driving force behind the ongoing bull-run. FPIs bought shares worth a net Rs 2,065.49 crore on Wednesday, according to provisional data from the stock exchanges.
Sectorwise, BSE Healthcare index gained the most by rising 1.69 percent, followed by Capital Goods index 1.12 percent, Auto index 0.72 percent, Metal index 0.67 percent, Realty index 0.54 percent, IT index 0.45 percent, Banking index 0.37 percent, Power index 0.22 percent and FMCG 0.20 percent.

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