Mumbai, Mar 23: After the 400-point fall last session, the BSE benchmark Sensex today closed 165.27 points higher at 17,361.74, helped by buying support in IT and banking stocks as investors ignored weak global cues.
The BSE 30-share barometer moved in a range of 17,458.35 and 17,179.33 before closing at 17,361.74, a rise of 165.27 points or 0.96 per cent, from its previous close.
Overall, 11 out of 13 sectoral BSE indices finished with gains in the range of 0.24 per cent and 1.62 per cent, with technology, realty, IT, banking, FMCG and power counters taking the lead.
Technology stocks like Infosys Tech, TCS and Bharti Airtel gained between 1.4 and 3.7 per cent, private banks like ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank gained 1.3 per cent and 2.2 respectively.
Auto counters like Hero MotoCorp and Tata Motors gained between 1-4 per cent. Others like RIL, ITC, HUL and Sun Pharma notched gains between 1 and 3.7 per cent.
Only BSE Metal and BSE Consumer Durables indices ended the day with marginal losses.
Experts feel IT stocks gained due to a strong dollar that will help clock better realisations.
“IT stocks showed promise in today's trade with Infosys and TCS rising up to 1.5 per cent for the day. Rising dollar rates are expected to be good for IT companies,” Inventure Growth and Securities Head Research Milan Bavishi said.
The NSE 50-issue Nifty also bounced back today by 49.75 points or 0.95 per cent to end at 5,278.20.
Meanwhile, Asian stocks ended mixed today after negative Chinese data and worries over eurozone crisis.
Key benchmark indices in Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan ended with small gains while from China, Hong Kong and Japan ended with marked falls.
Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) bought shares worth a net Rs 246.56 crore yesterday as per provisional data from the stock exchanges.