Nifty Pharma index ends 2.51% higher. Top gainers: COMPANY LATEST PREV CLOSE GAIN() GAIN(%) KIOCL 226.50 188.75 37.75 20.00 DEN NETWORKS 59.60 49.70 9.90 19.92 BAJAJ HINDUSTHAN 8.50 7.15 1.35 18.88 SH.RENUKA SUGAR 14.80 12.90 1.90 14.73 BALRAMPUR CHINI 88.65 78.00 10.65 13.65
The S&P BSE Sensex reclaimed the 38,000 mark to end at 38,091, up 373 points while the broader Nifty50 index settled at 11,515, up 145 points.
In the broader markets, the S&P BSE MidCap settled 1.6 per cent higher and the S&P BSE SmallCap rose 1.4 per cent.
Among sectoral indices, the Nifty Pharma index settled 2.5 per cent higher led by a rise in the share prices of Divi's Laboratories and Piramal Enterprises. On the other hand, the Nifty Bank index rose 1.3 per cent led by YES Bank and IDFC Bank.
The rupee strengthened by over 60 paise to 71.58 against the US dollar in intra-day trade. On Wednesday, the domestic currency rebounded from its historic low of 72.91 to end higher by 51 paise at 72.18 against the dollar.
This apart, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a meeting with finance ministry officials later in the day to discuss the fall in the rupee and other economic issues. Rupee is Asia's weakest currency in 2018, down more than 12 percent on a widening current account deficit and higher oil prices.
Investors cheered as the industrial production grew at 6.6 per cent in July on the back of good performance by the manufacturing sector and higher offtake of capital goods and consumer durables.