Sensex breaches 29,000-mark; Nifty touches new peak

Mumbai:A benchmark index of Indian equities markets touched a record high of 29,060.41 points Thursday and was trading 96.29 points or 0.33 percent up ahead of a possible European Central Bank (ECB) stimulus announcement.

Good buying was observed in healthcare, capital goods and auto 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 28,957.79 points, was trading at 28,985.15 points (at 1.20 p.m.) in the afternoon session, up 96.29 points or 0.33 percent from the previous day’s close at 28,888.86 points.

The Sensex breached the 29,000-mark touching a high of 29,060.41 points during early trading — the intra-day low so far was 28,941.93 points.

The S&P BSE healthcare index gained by 258.36 points, capital goods index moved up by 147.98 points and auto index was up 181.22 points. However, oil and gas index dropped by 89.23 points.

The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was trading 16.35 points or 0.19 percent up at 8,745.85 points. The Nifty also touched a new peak of 8,770.20 points intra-day.