After climbing to all-time intra-day high during the session, the 30-share Sensex ended higher by just 22.81 points, or 0.10 percent, at 21,832.61 -- its second straight day of gains.
    
Maruti Suzuki, which gained nearly 8 percent after the company decided to seek minority shareholders' nod for the controversial Gujarat plant, led the 17 Sensex gainers.
    
Other major supporters were Bajaj Auto, Coal India, Dr Reddy's Lab., Reliance Industries, ITC, SBI and ONGC. Tata Motors led the 13 Sensex losers.
    
The 50-share NSE index Nifty also surged to mark a new lifetime high of 6,574.95, before closing at 6,516.65, a rise of 12.45 points, or 0.19 percent.
    
"Indices opened on a bullish note on account of positive global cues and also as Ukraine tensions seemed to ease in the near-term. However, after initial rally, they witnessed selling pressure and pared most of day's gains," said Rakesh Goyal, Senior Vice President, Bonanza Portfolio.
    
A firming trend in the Asian region and foreign institutional investors remaining net buyers in Indian equities for the third straight week, supported Indian stocks.
    
American brokerage Goldman Sachs also upgraded India to "overweight" on reducing external vulnerabilities and said it expects the NSE Nifty to touch 7,600 level this year.
    
Sectorally, the BSE FMCG sector index on Tuesday gained the most by rising 1.84 percent, followed by Power sector index (up 1.27 percent), Consumer Durable index (0.89 percent) and Oil & Gas index (0.87 percent). IT, Capital goods and Realty scrips ended lower.

(Agencies)

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