The Sensex is up 0.77 points at 27805.14 and the Nifty down 0.25 points at 8381.30. About 481 shares have advanced, 226 shares declined, and 76 shares are unchanged.
ONGC, HUL, Coal India, Sun Pharma and Lupin are top gainers in the Sensex. Maruti, SBI, Cipla, HDFC and Axis Bank are among losers.
The Indian rupee fell marginally in early trade. The currency has opened at 63.65 per dollar, down 6 paise compared to 63.59 a dollar in previous session.
Crude prices gain ahead of US inventory data which is expected to show strong demand for gasoline. Brent crude trades above USD 64 per barrel. Gold prices trade below USD 1180 an ounce as the euro slid sharply against the dollar.
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