Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Feb 25 (ANI): Equity benchmark indices advanced on Thursday due to favourable global cues amid optimism over domestic economic recovery and the government's privatisation plans.
Market experts said the sentiment was positive as the government lifted the embargo on granting businesses to private banks, which is expected to enhance customer convenience and spur competition.
At the closing bell, the BSE SP Sensex was up by 258 points or 0.51 per cent at 51,039 while the Nifty 50 ticked up by 115 points or 0.77 per cent to 15,097.
Apart from Nifty FMCG and financial service, all sectoral indices at the National Stock Exchange were in the positive terrain with Nifty metal gaining by 3.9 per cent and PSU bank by 1.1 per cent.
Among stocks, Coal India moved up by 8.6 per cent to Rs 156.90 per share and UPL ticked higher by 7.3 per cent to Rs 594.50.
Adani Ports was up by 6 per cent, Hindalco by 5.1 per cent, ONGC by 4.5 per cent and Tata Motors by 3.7 per cent.
Index heavyweight Reliance Industries jumped by 4.2 per cent to Rs 2,147 per share. Bharti Airtel rose by 1 per cent after the company said it had raised 1.25 billion dollars through debt instruments.
However, ICICI Bank dipped by 1.9 per cent while infrastructure major LarsenToubro was down by 1 per cent. FMCG stocks also did not fare well with Nestle India down by 1.4 per cent and Hindustan Unilever by 0.7 per cent.
Meanwhile, Asian stocks jumped after US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell reaffirmed interest rates will stay low for a long time. That calmed market fears that higher inflation may prompt the central bank to tighten the monetary spigot.
Japan's Nikkei gained by 1.7 per cent while Hong Kong's Hang Seng jumped by 1.5 per cent to pare more than half of its previous day's losses following the announcement of a stamp duty hike. (ANI)