At 14.30 hrs IST, the Sensex was up 179.22 points or 0.90% at 19996.85, and the Nifty up 46.55 points or 0.78% at 6048.40.
Although no directive has come from the government on diesel price hike, stocks in the oil & gas shot up after petroleum ministry authorised oil marketing companies (OMC) to make fuel price corrections from time to time. The OMCs are expected to make a price-hike announcement tonight. It also allowed raising LPG subsidy cap to 9 cylinders from 6 cylinders earlier. The Finance Minister made it clear that will be no change in governement's subsidy plan.
Telecom stocks also rallied after the Cabinet decided to slash CDMA spectrum price by 50 percent. Bhart Airtel was the top gainer on Sensex, rising 3.07 percent. Reliance Comm rose 3.27 percent, and Tata Comm rose above 1 percent each. Bharti Infratel and Idea turned flat after a short rally.
Midcap segment picked up momentum following key indices. Purvankara, was up 4 percent each, EIH gained 5.08 percent. Essar Oil, Unitech and Allahabad Bank were up above 3 percent.
The Sensex gains around 0.5 percent, while the Nifty is up around 0.4 percent. Technology shares gain after HCL Technologies Ltd beat estimates with a 68.4 percent jump in quarterly profit.
At 10.32 AM, the Sensex moved up 32.34 points at 19849.97, and the Nifty was trading 8.85 points up at 6010.70.
After near 200-point crash, BSE benchmark Sensex opened at 19833.36 up 15.73 points supported by oil and gas stocks. The Nifty was up 4.40 points or 0.07% at 6006.25.
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