Equity markets bounce back, healthcare stocks surge

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Mumbai, July 19 (IANS) A day after suffering their steepest fall of the current fiscal, Indian equity markets recovered and provisionally closed with appreciable gains on Wednesday on the back of positive global cues and healthy buying in healthcare, metal and banking stocks.

At 3.30 p.m., the wider Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) provisionally closed at 9,901.90 points — higher by 74.75 points, or 0.76 per cent.

The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE, which opened at 31,882.80 points, closed at 31,955.35 points — up 244.36 points, or 0.77 per cent, from the previous close at 31,710.99 points.

The Sensex touched a high of 31,978.89 points and a low of 31,793.72 points during intra-day trade.

The BSE market breadth was bullish with 1,668 advances and 964 declines.

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