Persistent foreign fund inflows also boosted sentiment. "... buying interest in IT, healthcare, FMCG and auto counters alongside with recovery in realty space aided index to sustain at higher level," said Jayant Manglik, President Retail Distribution of Religare Securities.

Services sector returned to growth in July, after two months of contraction, as new orders surged and hiring gathered pace to hit a two-year high rate, a survey showed.
    
The Nikkei India Services Business Activity Index increased to 50.8 in July from 47.7 in June, indicating the first rise in services activity in three months. Meanwhile, foreign investors bought shares worth Rs 118.70 crore yesterday as per provisional data.
    
The BSE Sensex resumed higher at 28,138.04 and firmed up further to a high of 28,315.71 on initial strong buying, but it declined afterwards to 28,135.68 before ending at 28,223.08, showing a gain of 151.15 points or 0.54 percent.
    
The 50-share NSE Nifty rose by 51.05 points or 0.60 percent to 8,567.95.
    
The recovery in market was supported by gains in IT stocks, on growing expectations of a rate hike by the US fed. Wipro climbed 2.94 percent, while Infosys rose 2.52 percent.
    
Bharti Airtel ticked up 0.77 percent after the company posted a nearly 40 percent growth in consolidated net profit for the June quarter.
    
Nestle was back in the limelight, up 7.53 percent, after the FSSAI-approved laboratory found Maggi noodles in compliance with safety standards.
    
Adani Enterprises went up on reports of a possible joint venture with Foxconn.
    
The broader markets shone as the BSE small-cap and mid-cap indices rose up to 0.96 percent.
    
Globally, Asian stocks ended higher after the outcome of a monthly survey showed that China's services sector showed continued strength in July. Key benchmark indices in Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan were up 0.01 percent to 0.46 percent.

 

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