Sensex rises for second day; closes above 18,600
Zee Media Bureau/Reema Sharma
New Delhi: The BSE benchmark Sensex on Friday closed nearly 230 points up on continuous recovery in rupee amidst uptrend in international markets.
The 30-share barometer rallied 218.68 points to close at 18,620 led by buying in IT, FMCG, banking, healthcare stocks. Similarly, the broader 50-share index, NSE Nifty surged 62 points to close at 5,471.8.
BSE Sensex gained 0.6 percent this week. Top gainers in BSE were Bajaj Auto (5.62 percent), Cipla (4.96 percent), TCS (3.96 percent), HDFC Bank (3.86 percent) and Hindustan Unilever (3.70 percent).
Meanwhile, extending its yesterday's recovery, rupee rose below 66 level in afternoon trade against the US dollar on selling of dollars by banks and exporters in view of steps taken by Reserve bank of India.