Equity benchmark indices continued their upward momentum on Friday led by financial and FMCG stocks and gained the most in nearly two months ahead of exit polls of general elections.
At the National Stock Exchange, most sectoral indices were in the green. Nifty Media was up 3.53 per cent, Financial Services 2.56 per cent, FMCG 2.51 per cent, Auto 2.46 per cent and Bank 2.06 per cent.
The last phase of seven-stage Lok Sabha elections will wrap up this weekend with exit polls starting to come out on Sunday evening.
Meanwhile, Asian equities were mixed. While Japan's Nikkei bounced 1.5 per cent, Shanghai stocks slipped amid the fallout from US President Donald Trump's move to block China's Huawei Technologies from buying vital American technology.
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