Major Sensex gainers in Friday's trade were BHEL, Tata Motors, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, State Bank of India, HDFC Ltd., Coal India, Jindal Steel, Tata Steel, Sterlite Industries, Maruti Suzuki, Mahindra and Mahindra and Sun Pharma.
    
The 30-share S&P BSE benchmark index Sensex, which had surged 408 points in the previous session, rose further by 206.50 points, or 1.13 percent to end at 18,519.44 – the highest closing since August 16 (18,598.18).
    
Brokers said the stock market sentiment improved as the battered rupee rebounded from all-time low levels of 65.56 to 64.12 per dollar after the government and RBI's assurances.
    
The broad-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty rose by 63.30 points, or 1.17 percent to 5,471.75. Also, SX40 index, the flagship index of MCX-SX, closed up at 10,960.73, higher by 142.85 points or 1.32 percent.
    
In the Sensex pack, Reliance Industries surged 1.64 percent to Rs 819.05 after the company and its partner BP plc announced a new gas condensate discovery off the east coast in the Cauvery basin.
    
Private lenders like HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank saw heavy buying as investors judged recent losses as excessive.
    
Led by over 8 percent surge in BHEL, the capital goods sector index gained the most rising 2.04 percent to 7,235.68.
    
It was followed by banking index by 1.91 percent to 10,791.32. Oil and Gas sector index rose by 1.59 percent to 8,191.04 and the auto index by 1.51 percent to 10,248.18.

(Agencies)

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