Mumbai: The stock market on Friday continued its rally for the third straight day as the benchmark BSE Sensex surged by 409.21 points to 28,114.56 led by gains in banking stocks after the government announced plans to infuse fresh capital into state-run lenders by September.
Moreover, reports that retirement fund body (EPFO) will start investing in equity markets next week, helped too.
Boosted by the news, NSE Nifty regained the 8,500-mark to close at 8,532.85, showing a rise of 111.05 points or 1.32 percent. It logged an intra-day high of 8,548.95.
Tepid July rollovers hinted at a cautious approach ahead of RBI's rate announcement on 4th August, traders said.
The government on Friday said that it will infuse about Rs 20,000 cr in public sector banks, likely by September.
The benchmark BSE index after opening higher at 27,814.51, moved further up to regain 28,000-mark and touched the day's high of 28,161.17 before settling at 28,114.56 points, a steep rise of 409.21 points, or 1.48 percent.
The previous best one-day gain was on June 22 when Sensex had rallied by 414.04 points. The gauge has now garnered 655.33 points in three straight sessions.
On a weekly basis, both, BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty, ended largely flat.
Meanwhile, EPFO will kickstart the process of investing in the stock market on August 6 with an initial corpus of Rs 5,000 crore to be invested through ETFs in the current fiscal.
Among sectoral indices, realty and healthcare rose in the range of 0.39 percent to 2.89 percent. However, power and oil and gas indices fell up to 0.60 percent.
State-run SBI was the top gainer with a rise of 5.25 percent, followed by Coal India 4.55 percent, Lupin 4.26 percent, Dr Reddy's 4.05 percent, Hero MotoCorp 3.36 percent, ITC 3.29 percent and M&M 3.25 percent.
ICICI Bank climbed 3.97 percent after it reported a 12.08 percent growth in net profit at Rs 2,976.16 crore for the quarter ended June 30.
Mid-cap and small-cap indices ended higher up to 1.03 percent.
Globally, Asian stocks closed higher, while the European markets were little changed in their early trade on mixed earnings results.