The Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark index, Sensex, advanced by 30 points to close at 18339 on the back of buying in ITC, Bharti Airtel and auto shares, The Sensex, which had tumbled to a two-month low by losing 593 points in the earlier six sessions, recovered by 29.63 points, or 0.16 per cent, to end at 18339.

However, the National Stock Exchange Nifty index extended its losses for the seventh straight day as it eased 2.65 points to 5571.40.

Rupee gains

The rupee strengthened by ten paise to settle at 55.06 on dollar selling by exporters amid weakness in the American currency in international markets. The rupee commenced higher at 55.07 a dollar at the interbank foreign exchange market from the previous close of of 55.16.

The rupee moved in a narrow range of 54.94 and 55.11 before settling at 55.06.—PTI