Key share indices maintain the firm trend tracking firm Asian markets and positive comments from German Chancellor. Buying among index heavyweights and Auto shares has also led the upmove.
By 1300 hrs, Sensex was up 113 points at 17,770 and the 50-share Nifty gained 25 points at 5,388. The Sensex and the Nifty touched an intra-day high of 17,801 levels and 5,400 mark, respectively.
On the global front, Asian markets too advanced after German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced support for the European Central Bank's efforts to contain the debt crisis in the euro zone. Nikkei, Strait Times, Hang Seng and Shanghai have gained between 0.1-1%.
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