Equity benchmark indices ended the session on a positive note, with the Sensex and Nifty holding on to key levels of 31000 and 9600.
The Sensex was up 50.12 points at 31159.40, while the Nifty was up 19.65 points at 9624.55. The market breadth was negative as 1,232 shares advanced against a decline of 1,452 shares, while 155 shares were unchanged.
Adani Ports, Aurobindo Pharma, and NTPC were the top gainers, while BHEL, ITC, Power Grid Corp and BPCL lost the most.
Pharma stocks had a field day, showing strength after days of corrective phase. The index on the Nifty was up over 2 percent. PSU banks too gained nearly 2 percent. Midcaps too had a good day, adding over a percent on the Nifty.
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