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Sensex opens historic high at 56,073.31 pts

Mumbai, Aug 18: The BSE Sensex on Wednesday opened at a lifetime high, breaching 56K level at 56,073.31, rising by 281 pts as buying was seen across the board. The Nifty too rose by 77 pts at 16,691.95. The Sensex registered intra days high and low at 56,086.50 and 55,961.73 pts respectively. The Nifty registered intra days high and low at 16,693 and 16,656.15 pts respectively. The Mid Cap rose by 0.61 pc and the Small Cap by 0.24 pc. In 30 scrips, 23 advanced, 6 declined while 1 declined. The gainers were Ultracemco by 1.94 pc to Rs 7554.25, HDFC Bank by 1.73 pc to Rs 1541.05, Bajaj finance by 1.35 pc to Rs 6495.35, L& T by 1.17 pc to Rs 1657.30 and Bharti Airtel by 1.08 pc to Rs 633.05. The losers were ICICI Bank by 0.46 pc to Rs 697.80,…