Mumbai: The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) benchmark index of the Indian Equities markets was above the 19, 000 mark at the close on Friday. A healthy buying was seen in metals, banks, oil and gas, capital goods and public sector undertakings (PSU) stocks.
The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 18,229.70 points, closed at 19,339.90 points, up 168.99 points or 0.88 percent from its previous close at 19,170.91 points.
The gains came a day after the Sensex gained its 19 month high levels after an upgrade of Indian stocks by Goldman Sachs and hopes that the government would tide over the opposition in Parliament to foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail saw the Sensex soaring 329 points on Thursday.
The index on Friday touched a high of 19,345.56 points and low of 19,186.30 points intra-day. The BSE midcap index was up 77.97 points, the smallcap index was higher by 59.53 points.
The wider 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange was up 54.85 points or 0.94 percent at 5,879.85 points.
Among other Asian markets, Japan's Nikkei rose 0.48 percent, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng gained 0.71 percent. China's Shanghai Composite Index was down 0.85 percent.