• The 30-share barometer rose 63.62 points, or 0.25 percent, to 24,710.10.
  • The gauge had gained 1,644.48 points in the previous four sessions on expectations of a rate cut by RBI and positive global cues.
  • Major gainers that supported the key indices were BHEL, Tata Steel, GAIL, ONGC, ITC, Cipla, Sun Pharma, Axis Bank, RIL, HDFC, M&M, Bajaj Auto, Tata Motors and L&T, rising by up to 2.98 percent.
  • Also, the NSE Nifty reclaimed the crucial 7,500-mark by surging 19.95 points, or 0.26 percent, at 7,505.30.
  • Stock exchanges were closed yesterday for 'Mahashivratri'.
  • Brokers said sustained buying by investors, coupled with foreign capital inflows on expectations RBI may reduce its policy rate, continued to influence sentiment.
  • In the rest of Asia, Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 0.94 percent while Japan's Nikkei plunged 1.63 percent in morning trade today.
  • Shanghai Composite was trading 2.02 percent down.
  • The US Dow Jones Industrial Average, however, ended 0.40 percent higher in yesterday's trade.

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