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Markets on upside.

Markets have opened higher in trades today tracking firm global cues ahead of the F&O expiry today. The Sensex has advanced 94 points to open at 18,935 and the Nifty has advanced 23 points to 5,750 levels.

Buying interest is visible across the board. Most of the Sensex stocks are witnessing buying in the opening deals. Dr Reddy’s Labs is the top Sensex gainer, up 1.6% at Rs 1,813. HDFC, ICICI Bank, Tata Motors, Bajaj Auto, Cipla, ITC, Jindal Steel, GAIL India, Hindalco, TCS, Larsen & Toubro and State Bank of India have also advanced 0.7-1.6% each in the opening deals.

While, Infosys, Maruti Suzuki, NTPC, HDFC Bank, Mahindra & Mahindra and BHEL have opened on a weak note on the back of profit booking.

On the sectoral front, the BSE realty index is the top gainer, up 1.5% or 29 points at 1,966. FMCG, consumer durables, metal, capital goods and bankex indices are also up 0.5-1.3% each.

The broader markets are in-line with the benchmark indices. The BSE mid-cap index is up 0.4% or 30 points at 6,772 and the small-cap index has advanced 0.5% or 37 points to 7,220.



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