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The benchmark Sensex on Tuesday hit a new lifetime high but pared gains on profit-booking to end with a slim 3.48-point rise at a fresh closing peak of 25,583.69.
Stock markets had opened on a strong note with the 30-scrip BSE Sensex touching a new high of 25,711.11 points in early trade on heavy buying by funds and retail investors.
However, profit booking in realty, oil and gas, capital goods, power and metal stocks pulled the index down to the day's low of 25,347.33 points.
It saw a mild recovery before ending at a new closing high of 25,583.69, up 3.48 points or 0.01 per cent.