New Delhi: Recouping early losses, equity benchmark BSE Sensex hit an lifetime high of 41,698.43 up by 140 points in the afternoon session on Thursday, stated a report. The broader Nifty, on the other hand, hit its all-time (intra-day) high of 12,261.25 up 39.60 points.

Amid persistent foreign fund inflow, some of the top gainers in the afternoon session were M&M, followed by Hero MotoCorp, TCS, HUL, RIL and ONGC. Top loser Yes Bank was down by 2.57 per cent. Others who were trading in the red were Vedanta, Sun Pharma, Bharti Airtel, HDFC and Tata Steel.

Notably, Sensex opened at 41,571.82 as against its previous close of 41,558.57. At 11:45 AM on Thursday, Sensex traded at 41, 601, a 0.12 per cent increase or higher by 41 points, while Nifty traded at 12,233, a 0.10 per cent increase or up by 11 points. At 10.04 AM on December 19, the Sensex traded at 41,497.63, lower by more than 60 points. Meanwhile, Nifty was trading at 12,203.75 by 17.90 points.

In the previous session, the 30-share gauge settled at its all-time closing high of 41,558.57 which is an increase by 206.40 points or 0.50 per cent. The Nifty settled at its record closing high of 12,221.65, up by 56.65 points, or 0.47 per cent.

The domestic equities opened on a cautious note at a record-setting streak in the wake of the US Donald Trump’s impeachment news, stated traders. On a net basis, foreign institutional investors bought equities worth Rs 1,836.81 crore, while domestic institutional investors sold shares worth Rs 1,267.57 crore on Wednesday, data available with stock exchange showed.

Bourses in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul were trading on a mixed note. Brent futures, the global oil benchmark, rose 0.08 per cent to USD 66.22 per barrel. Meanwhile, the rupee depreciated 8 paise to 71.05 against the US dollar in morning session.

(With inputs from PTI)