Mumbai, Dec 23: A benchmark index for Indian equities was witnessing choppy trade with positive bias Friday due to lack of buying interests ahead of weekend.
The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened in the positive at 15,863.43 points, was range bound and trading at 15,873.68 points in the afternoon, up 0.38 percent or 60.32 points from its previous close at 15,813.36 points.
The Sensex touched a high of 15,911.23 points and low of 15,788.99 points in the intraday.
The market is trading in the positive for the third straight day. The benchmark Sensex had gained 638 points in the previous two sessions.
The 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange was also witnessing lacklustre trading. The Nifty was ruling 0.31 percent higher at 4,749.40 points.
There was good buying support in capital goods and auto stocks.
BHEL jumped 3.56 percent at Rs.246.10. L&T, 3.21 percent higher at Rs.1,041.80; Sterlite Inds, 2.61 percent higher at Rs.94.25 and Maruti Suzuki, up 1.75 percent at Rs.984.25 were among the prominent Sensex gainers.