The Sensex gained today 124.46 points, or 0.67 percent, to close at 18,789.34, led by metal, realty and power sectors. It had lost over 517 points in the previous two sessions.

Of 30 Sensex stocks, 21 stocks gained, including by Tata Steel, Infosys, TCS, Cipla, Bharti Airtel, BHEL, Coal India, HDFC Bank, Hindalco Industries, Jindal Steel, Sterlite Industries and Tata Power.

The broad-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty rose on Thursday by 46.55 points, or 0.84 percent, to end at 5,565.65. SX40 index, the flagship index of MCX-SX, closed at 11153.85, up 81.09 points, or 0.73 percent.

Brokers said investors covering pending positions before a long weekend and buying in fundamentally stocks available at attractive levels mainly pushed up the market.

The firming rupee and better trend in global markets further supported the uptrend, they added. Shares of drug major Ranbaxy Laboratories jumped 27.49 percent to Rs 359.50. The company had narrowed net loss for the second quarter of the fiscal. Recent losers in auto and realty sectors were back in demand at prevailing lower levels. Maruti Suzuki spurted 3.89 percent, followed by Mahindra and Mahindra (2.42 percent), Bajaj Auto (0.34 percent) and Hero MotoCorp (1.14 percent).

The auto sector index gained 1.38 percent to 10,215.33. The metal sector index gained the most by rising 2.61 percent to 6,855.54, followed by realty (2.35 percent), power (1.42 percent) and Tech (0.90 percent). The BSE will remain closed tomorrow for 'Id-ul Fitr'.


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