The stock markets opened on positive note in keeping with positive global cues tracking gains in index majors HDFC twins and Reliance Industries amid a positive trend in Asian peers. The benchmark BSE Sensex touched 56,000 mark for the first time. At the opening bell, the Sensex was up 250 points or 0.5 percent at 56,086.5 points while the Nifty50 touched 16,692-mark, up over 70 points or 0.4 per cent. Bank Nifty regained 36,000.
HDFC Bank was the top gainer in the Sensex pack, rising over 2 per cent, followed by UltraTech Cement, Bajaj Finance, PowerGrid, L&T, Bajaj Finserv and HDFC. IndusInd Bank, Kotak Bank, Bajaj Auto and Infosys were among the laggards.