The 30-share BSE Sensex was up 165.80 points at 27401.46 and the 50-share NSE Nifty gained 56.20 points at 8454.20. The BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices, too, rose 0.6 percent each on strong breadth. About 1374 shares advanced against 523 declining shares on the BSE.
BHEL, HUL and Tata Steel were biggest gainers among Sensex stocks, up 2-3 percent followed by HDFC Bank, HDFC, L&T, SBI and ONGC with around a percent upside. Bharti Airtel and Dr Reddy’s Labs fell 0.6 percent each.
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