Sensex rises 228 points while Nifty advances 81 points

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At the stock markets, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange rose 228 points, or 0.4 per cent, to close at a record high of 52,329, today. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange advanced 81 pointse’s Straits Times index advanced 0.8 per cent. But Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell 0.5 per cent., or 0.5 per cent, to end at an all time high of 15,752. In the broader market on the BSE, the Mid-cap index advanced 0.8 per cent and the Small-cap index climbed 1.4 per cent.

Key indices at other Asian markets ended mostly higher, today. So Japan’s Nikkei-225 index inched up 0.3 per cent; China’s Shanghai Composite index gained 0.2 per cent; South Korea’s Kospi index rose 0.4 per cent and Singapor

In Europe, London’s FTSE-100 had gained 0.2 per cent and Germany’s DAX had traded marginally higher but France’s CAC-40 had traded marginally lower, in intra-day trade.

Back home, gold fell Rs 152, to Rs 48,107 per ten grams at Delhi’s bullion market today on weak global cues. Silver dropped Rs 540, to Rs 69,925 per kilo.

In the international market, gold was trading lower at USD 1,883 per ounce. Silver was flat at USD 27.55 per ounce.