Refiners, realty, banking and PSUs sector stocks led rally on value-buying by funds and retail investors. (Agencies)
After a higher start, the 30-share BSE index rallied to touch intra-day high of 25,414.69 before settling at 25,368.90, a significant rise of 337.58 points, or 1.35 percent. Of the 30 Sensex scrips, 26 rose while 4 ended lower.
The gauge had lost nearly 490 points over the past four sessions to end at nearly 3-week low levels on rising oil prices and forecast for below average monsoon rains.
Similarly, the broad-based Nifty of the National Stock Exchange ended 86.85 points, or 1.16 percent higher at 7,580.20. It touched a high of 7,593.35 and a low of 7,515.20.
Global oil prices dipped as investors noted that turmoil in Iraq has yet to directly disrupt production. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate fell 54 cents to USD 105.63 and Brent crude eased 63 cents to USD 113.69.
Stocks of state-run oil companies were back in demand as fall in global crude prices will reduce financial burden.
BPCL surged 4.61 percent, HPCL climbed 7.10 percent, IOC was up 4.57 percent and GAIL rose 4.5 percent.
Reliance Industries surged 2.02 percent and ONGC 1.40 percent. Another Sensex heavyweight ITC jumped 2.02 percent after falling over 6 percent on Monday
Meanwhile, equity derivatives turnover at the BSE rose to over Rs 3.3 lakh crore level due to heavy volume in index options. Monthly equity derivative contracts expire Thursday.
Shares of sugar companies soared higher for second day in a row after the government announced interest-free loans for cash-strapped mills and hiked import duty.
Sectorwise, the BSE Realty sector index gained the most by surging 3.16 percent, followed by Consumer Durables index 2.44 percent and Oil and Gas index 2.17 percent. The thematic PSU index also rose by 2.04 percent.
Refiners, realty, banking and PSUs sector stocks led rally on value-buying by funds and retail investors.