Mumbai: A benchmark index of Indian equities markets  closed 66 points higher on Thursday with robust buying in banking, FMCG and power stocks.

The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 17,478.16 points, closed at 17,529.15 points (provisional), up 0.38 percent or 66.34 points from its previous close at 17,462.81 points.

The wider 50-scrip S& P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange ended 0.47 percent higher at 5,327.30 points.

The BSE banking index was up 128.12 points, while the FMCG index and the power index were up 51 points and 16.24 points respectively.

Major Sensex gainers were Cipla, up 2.67 percent at Rs.324.45; ICICI Bank, up 2.04 percent at Rs.920.90; Tata Motors, up 1.61 percent at Rs.240; ITC, up 1.58 percent at Rs.250.05; and Maruti Suzuki, up 1.49 percent at Rs.1,240.

The main losers were ONGC, down 2.02 percent at Rs.278.90; Bajaj Auto, down 1.78 percent at Rs.1,555.30; Coal India, down 1.37 percent at Rs.348.95; and Sterlite Inds, down 1.04 at Rs.109.75.


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