Good buying was observed in bank, consumer durables and information technology (IT) stocks. However, metal, automobile and oil and gas scrips declined.

The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 20,438.87 points, was trading at 20,421.26 points in the pre-noon session, up 54.44 points or 0.27 percent from the previous day's close at 20,366.82 points.

The Sensex touched a high of 20,481.76 points and a low of 20,391.13 points during the trade so far.

The S&P BSE bank index was trading higher by 87.24 points, followed by consumer durables index up 39.77 points and IT index up 36.85 points. However, the S&P BSE metal index was down 73.11 points, automobile index was lower by 26.08 points and oil & gas index slipped by 17.41 points.

The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was trading flat at 16.60 points or 0.27 percent up at 6,064.95 points.

(Agencies)

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