Good buying was observed in healthcare, banking, capital goods and consumer durables sectors, while selling pressure was seen in oil and gas sector.

The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 26,788.73 points, closed at 26,880.82 points, up 127.92 points or 0.48 percent from the previous day's close at 26,752.90 points.

The Sensex touched a high of 26,907.14 points and a low of 26,764.15 points in the intra trade.

The S&P BSE healthcare index gained by 197.80 points, bankex moved up by 124.66 points, capital goods index increased by 79.31 points and consumer durables index inched up by 74.27 points. However, oil and gas index dropped by 24.60 points.

The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) also closed trading 35.90 points or 0.45 percent up at 8,027.60 points.

The major Sensex gainers were: Sun Pharma, up 4.31 percent at Rs.839.25; Cipla, up 2.92 percent at Rs.645.45; Tata Power, up 2.48 percent at Rs.90.80 and State Bank of India, up 2.38 percent at Rs.2,656.40.

The losers were: Hero MotoCorp, down 1.68 percent at Rs.3,034.80; Bharti Airtel, down 1.15 percent at Rs.408.45; Hindustan Unilever, down 0.83 percent at Rs.715.90 and Dr.Reddy's down 0.82 percent at Rs.3,080.

Among the Asian markets, Japan's Nikkei went down by 0.38 percent, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng was 1.63 percent higher and China's Shanghai Composite Index gained by 2.07 percent.

In Europe, London's FTSE 100 was up by 0.36 percent and France's CAC 40 gained by 0.28 percent and Germany's DAX Index increased by 1.36 percent.

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