Sensex up 24 pts in volatile trade

Mumbai: In choppy trade, the Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark Sensex today closed 24 points up led by metals and auto stocks on continuing FII inflows amid firm global markets on hopes that the euro-zone debt crisis, especially the one facing Greece, may ease.

Asian markets ended in the positive zone and European equities were firm as well in the afternoon, as Greece agreed to measures that would help secure a package to ease its debt troubles. The 30-scrip Sensex moved between 17,849.64 and 17,665.89 before settling 24.15 points or 0.14 per cent up at 17,772.84.

The NSE`s 50-stock index Nifty ended 8.60 points, or 0.16 per cent up at 5,390.20. The two most-heaviest Sensex scrips – with 20 per cent weight – Reliance Industries and Infosys rose 0.71 per cent and 0.06 per cent. The metal sector index rose 1.01 per cent to 12,489.36 as Tata Steel advanced 2.13 per cent and Sesa Goa, 4.62 per cent. The auto index gained of 0.84 per cent. DLF Ltd, however, declined after its quarterly profit fell 45 per cent.