Mumbai: The stock markets maintained their upward march today with the benchmark Sensex ending almost 61 points higher as funds accelerated their buying activity in heavyweight stocks, led by cement, banking and metal segments.
The 30 share index, Sensex, which had recorded a gain of nearly 215 points in previous trading session, gathered another 60.95 points, or 0.48 per cent at 12,705.94 after touching session’s high of 12,798.80 and a low of 12,674.77 points.
In similar fashion, the Nifty index on the wide-based National Stock Exchange, also ended 18.70 points up at 3,697.60. It moved between 3,725.00 and 3,676.65 points during the session.
Stocks of cement manufacturers were back in demand after reports that the government might offer a five-year tax break for setting up of new cement plants.
Major gainers in the cement segment were ACC, Grasim Industries, Ultratech Cement, Madras Cement and Mangalam Cement.