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Sensex rises amid choppy trade

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The Sensex seesawed in early trade today but managed to close 0.57 percent higher, tracking gains in Asian and European markets.

The benchmark closed 61 points up at 10,803.86, with investors locking in gains ahead of the earnings season and national elections.MARKETS SOUTHASIA STOCKS

Reliance Industries, ICICI, L&T and Tata Steel led the benchmark. Tata Steel was also the top index gainer, closing 7.7 percent higher.

Among sectors, the BSE Realty Index led with gains of 5.4 percent, followed by the  Banking Index which was up 2.6 percent. The BSE FMCG index was among the top loser.

Sensex gains amid mixed econ data

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The Sensex closed 2.25 percent higher on Thursday, as gains on Wall Street and positive inflation data boosted investor sentiments.

INDIAThe benchmark closed 183.35 points up at 8343.75, supported by index heavyweights Reliance Industries (up 4.1 percent), ICICI Bank (up 8.1 percent) and Infosys (up 2.5 percent).

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