ITC emerges top stock in BSE Sensex

Diversified company ITC today became the top player in the Bombay Stock Market (BSE) sensitive index `Sensex', pushing energy giant Reliance Industries to the second spot.

At the close of trade on the BSE, the ITC stock had a weight of 10.01 per cent in the Sensex, against RIL's weight of 9.07 per cent.

Private sector banking major ICICI Bank was third in the order with a weight of 7.66 per cent in the 30-share Sensex.

ITC, housing finance company HDFC and India's top carmaker Maruti Suzuki climbed 0.9 per cent each.

Country's largest private sector lender ICICI Bank rose 0.6 per cent while rivals State Bank of India and Axis Bank were marginally down.

State-run oil and gas producer ONGC, telecom operator Bharti Airtel, coal mining company Coal India, power equipment maker BHEL and software services exporter Wipro moved up 0.5 per cent each.