Sensex surges 121 points; RIL, ONGC among major gainers

Sensex surges 121 points; RIL, ONGC among major gainers Mumbai: The BSE benchmark Sensex on Friday 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 percent, 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 percent to 8,510.52 as segment major and index-heaviest Reliance Industries surged 2.73 percent to Rs 840.35 and ONGC by 2.49 percent to Rs 265.85.

Among others, Oil India added 1.52 percent to Rs 466.15, Indian Oil by 3.03 percent to Rs 268.80, Hindustan Petroleum by 4.23 percent to Rs 292.90 and Bharat Petroleum by 2.23 percent to Rs 353.05.

The information technologies sector was second best performer by rising 1.21 percent to 5,686.98, while banking sector index declined 0.01 percent to 14,330.47 as investor booked profits from the recent surge.

PTI