Mumbai: The BSE benchmark Sensex on Thursday erased early losses to close nearly 68 points up at over one-week high on smart rise in auto scrips like Tata Motors and M&M, ahead of much-awaited March quarter GDP data release.

Volatility marked the session with the 30-share Sensex slipping between alternate bouts of selling and buying amid expiry of monthly derivative contracts on Thursday. After touching the day's low of 20066.14, the Sensex bounced back to close higher by 67.76 points, or 0.34 percent, at 20215.40 on brisk buying in last 30 minutes of trade.
This is the highest closing since 20,223.98 on May 20. All eyes are on fourth quarter GDP data release on Friday even as growth is expected to be around 4.8-5 percent, said experts. Positive trend in European markets also influenced the domestic markets, they added.
On similar lines, the National Stock Exchange index Nifty rose by 19.75 points, or 0.32 percent to 6,124.05 led by stocks of auto and FMCG sectors.
"While the broader markets moved in a narrow band, movement in the stocks was determined by their quarterly was a rangebound session on the day of expiry," said Nagji K Rita, CMD, Inventure Growth & Securities.
Sectorally, the auto sector index gained the most by 2.29 percent to 11,369.08 as Mahindra and Mahindra and Tata Motors surged on better quarterly earnings. The FMCG sector was second best performer as it rose 1.88 percent to 6,925.17 as ITC shot up by 3.15 percent to Rs 324.25.
The market was also supported by gains in HDFC, HDFC Bank, NTPC, Sun Pharma, Bharti Airtel, BHEL and TCS. Fall in Cipla, Hero MotoCorp, ICICI Bank and Infosys capped the gains.
Giving a perspective on F&O expiry, Sahaj Agrawal, Deputy Vice President – Derivatives Research, Kotak Securities said: Nifty gained nearly 3 percent on expiry basis. Banking space broadly consolidated with a positive bias."


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