Mumbai, Nov 2 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets Friday closed about one percent or 194 points higher on good buying in capital goods, banks and automobile stocks.
The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened in the positive at 18,692.15 points, closed at 18,755.45 points in the day's trade, up 193.75 points or 1.04 percent from its previous day close at 18,561.70 points.
The Sensex touched a high of 18,793.75 points and a low of 18,687.93 in intra-day trade. The BSE midcap index was up by 23.65 points and the smallcap index, too, ended higher by 22.91 points.
On the sectoral front, the BSE capital goods index was up by 190.12 points, followed by bank index, up 168.94 points, automobile index, up 157.04 points, public sector undertakings (PSUs) index, up 108.08 points and metals index, up 83.30 points.
The major Sensex gainers were Gail India, up 3.75 percent at Rs.358.60; Bajaj Auto, up 2.90 percent at Rs.1,898.55; Larsen and Toubro (L&T), up 2.68 percent at Rs.1,674.90; ICICI Bank, up 2.12 percent at Rs.1,079.20; and Hero MotoCorp, up 2.11 percent at Rs.1,945.45.
The main losers included Bharti Airtel, down 2.12 percent at Rs.274.90; Hindustan Unilever, down 0.80 percent at Rs.533.10; Jindal Steel, down 0.80 percent at Rs.388.85; and Sun Pharma, down 0.46 percent at Rs.697.15.
The wider 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) closed 52.65 points or 0.93 percent up at 5,697.70 points.
Among other Asian markets, Japan's Nikkei was up by 1.17 percent. Hong Kong's Hang Seng closed 1.33 percent higher, and Shanghai's Composite Index ended trading 0.60 percent up.
At closing bell here, trading was mixed in European markets. London's FTSE 100 was trading 0.10 percent down, while the German DAX and France's CAC were 0.13 and 0.02 percent up, respectively.