The BSE benchmark Sensex today closed 121 points higher on buying in energy stocks following reports of a gradual hike in fuel prices amid a firming global trend.
Led by energy major Reliance Industries and ONGC, the Sensex closed 121.04 points up, or 0.63 percent, to 19,444.84.
The broad-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty spurted by 38.25 points, or 0.65 per cent, to 5,908.35.
Brokers said energy majors like RIL, ONGC, Indian Oil and Bharat Petroleum remained on the fore-front following reports that the government might gradually increase the diesel price next year to cut subsidies.
They said the uptrend was further supported on a firming global trend as US lawmakers arranged talks with political parties before a budget deadline.
In 30-BSE index kitty stocks, 22 closed with gains while eight surrendered moderate ground led by banking sector on profit-booking from recent upsurge.
The oil and gas sector index gained the most by 2.38 per cent to 8,510.52 as segment major and index-heaviest Reliance Industries surged 2.73 per cent to Rs 840.35 and ONGC by 2.49 percent to Rs 265.85.
Among others, Oil India added 1.52 per cent to Rs 466.15, Indian Oil by 3.03 per cent to Rs 268.80, Hindustan Petroleum by 4.23 per cent to Rs 292.90 and Bharat Petroleum by 2.23 percent to Rs 353.05.
The information technologies sector was second best erformer by rising 1.21 per cent to 5,686.98, while banking sector index declined 0.01 percent to 14,330.47 as investor booked profits from the recent surge.
Equity benchmarks erased some of morning gains due to weakness in banks and capital goods stocks. However, stocks in oil & gas, technology and FMCG sectors were quite supportive.
The BSE benchmark Sensex advanced by 105 points in late morning trade on all-round buying from operators on the back of firm Asian cues.
Key equity indices were firm early trade, as traders are betting that the US 'fiscal cliff' issue will be resolved, which in turn could boost sentiment in global markets. The Sensex was up 80 points at 19403, and the Nifty was up 26 points at 5896.
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