Mumbai, Dec 26 : The BSE Sensex broke the losing streak of last three sessions on Wednesday and rose by 179.79 points to end positive at 35,649.94 due to brisk buying in Auto, Metal, Capital Goods, Oil & Gas and Bankex stocks.
The Nifty of National Stock Exchange (NSE) too advanced by 66.35 points to 10,729.85. Key indices opened lower amidst weaker cues from global peers and extended losses in morning session. Then, the markets wiped off losses and bounced back into positive terrain in intraday and finally closed firm in late trade.
The Sensex registered the day's high and low at 35,711.26 and 35,010.82 points, respectively. The Nifty registered day's high and low at 10,747.50 and 10,534.55 points, respectively. The broader markets slipped, as the BSE Mid-Cap index and Small-Cap declined 0.01 per cent and 0.21 pc, respectively.
The market breadth was negative on BSE, as 1,098 shares gained versus 1,459 fell and 158 were unchanged. Overseas, European indices were shut for public holiday. Asian shares declined. The Japanese stocks ended with small gains, following a Christmas Day plunge of both the Nikkei-225 and Topix.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.5 per cent, brushing a two-month low. The Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.4 per cent, while South Korea's KOSPI shed 1.6 per cent. US stock indices booked their worst trading session on eve of Christmas in history in a holiday-shortened session, putting the S&P 500 on the brink of the 20 pc decline from a recent peak that is commonly considered a bear market. UNI