The Indian equities ended on robust note on Thursday, led by gains in index heavyweights such as ICICI Bank, Tata Steel, SBI, Hero MotoCorp, Maruti Suzuki, HDFC, Tata Motors, GAIL, ONGC and RIL, tracking firm cues from Asian peers after US Federal Reserve kept key short-term interest rate steady. Sustained inflows from foreign investors and across-the-board buying by the investors also helped market sentiments.
The 30-share BSE SENSEX closed at 28773.13, up by 265.71 points or by 0.93 per cent, and the NSE Nifty ended at 8867.45, up by 90.3 points or by 1.03 per cent.
In the bullish trade, the BSE Sensex touched intraday high of 28871.92 and intraday low of 28693.07 , while the NSE Nifty touched intraday high of 8893.35 and intraday low of 8837.8.
The top gainers of the BSE Sensex pack were State Bank of India (Rs. 257.35,+2.39%), Hero MotoCorp Ltd. (Rs. 3538.60,+2.27%), ICICI Bank Ltd. (Rs. 275.55,+2.19%), Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone Ltd. (Rs. 275.20,+2.06%), Asian Paints Ltd. (Rs. 1192.35,+1.97%), among others.
On the flip side Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (Rs. 2377.65,-1.49%), Lupin Ltd. (Rs. 1528.30,-1.17%), Axis Bank Ltd. (Rs. 591.95,-1.01%), Coal India Ltd. (Rs. 327.70,-0.77%), Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd. (Rs. 3138.20,-0.45%), were among top losers on the BSE.
On the sectoral front, oil&gas and bankex stocks emerged as top gainers, adding as much as 1.51 per cent and 1.49 per cent respectively.
The Market breadth, indicating the overall strength of the market, was strong. On BSE out of total shares traded 3146, shares advanced were 1794 while 1106 shares declined and 246 were unchanged.