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Sensex ends higher by 67 points

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CHENNAI:  The Sensex and Nifty ended higher on Tuesday led by realty, IT, TECk and power stocks despite weak global cues.

The broader NSE index ended 28.75 points or 0.31 per cent higher at 9,314.05, while the benchmark BSE index closed up 67.35 points or 0.23 per cent at 29,926.15.

Among BSE sectoral indices, realty index was the star-performer and was up 4.53 per cent, followed by IT 1.31 per cent, TECk 1.29 per cent and power 0.82 per cent. On the other hand, FMCG index was down 0.64 per cent, capital goods 0.26 per cent, oil & gas 0.22 per cent and metal 0.09 per cent.

Top five Sensex gainers were Lupin (+2.32%), Bharti Airtel (+1.91%), Asian Paints (+1.81%), ICICI Bank (+1.59%) and ONGC (+1.53%), while the major losers were ITC (-1.48%), HDFC (-1.08%), Bajaj Auto (-0.94%), L&T (-0.94%) and Adani Ports (-0.75%).

Ambuja Cements and ACC shares rallied after the companies said they were exploring a merger, while lenders gained after the government further empowered the central bank to tackle bad debts in the sector.

Ambuja Cements rose about 5.8 per cent, while ACC rose 3.1 per cent. State Bank of India, Bank of India and Bank of Baroda gained about 1 per cent each.

Global shares

European stocks and the euro pulled back on Monday from highs touched after Emmanuel Macron's emphatic but well-flagged victory in France's presidential election as investors' focus shifted from politics to monetary policy.

European equities dipped, with French shares, which hit 9 1/2-year highs on Friday, underperforming the wider market.

The euro hit a six-month high against the dollar on Monday while Asian shares gained and US stock futures briefly touched a record high, on investor relief after centrist Emmanuel Macron comfortably won the French presidential election.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.3 per cent, snapping a three-day losing streak.

Japan's Nikkei gained 1.7 per cent to hit a near 1 1/2-year high after a five-day weekend due to the Golden Week holidays.

The S&P 500 mini futures gained 0.2 per cent to hit a record high of 2,403.75 in early trade before giving up the gains to trade flat.

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