Equity benchmark indices swung higher in volatile trade during early hours on Monday as Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman prepared to present the Union Budget in Parliament.
At 10:15 am, the BSE S&P Sensex was up by 484 points or 1.05 percent at 46,770 while the Nifty 50 ticked up by 117 points or 0.86 percent to 13,751.
Most sectoral indices at the National Stock Exchange were in the green with Nifty financial service gaining by 1.3 percent, private bank by 1.5 percent, and realty by 1.1 percent. But Nifty pharma dipped by 1.2 percent, IT by 0.8 percent, and FMCG by 0.1 percent.
Among stocks, IndusInd Bank jumped by 7.6 percent to Rs 910.95 per share while ICICI Bank moved up by 5.2 percent and HDFC Bank by 2 percent.
The other major gainers were housing finance major HDFC, Tata Steel, Maruti Suzuki, Sun Pharma besides energy majors like ONGC, IndianOil Corporation, and Bharat Petroleum Corporation.
However, those which lost were Dr. Reddy’s, Cipla, UPL, Axis Bank, Adani Ports, SBI Life, Tech Mahindra, and Tata Consultancy Services.
Meanwhile, Asian shares tried to rally as Wall Street continued to struggle with doubts about vaccine rollouts and economic recovery.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia Pacific shares outside Japan recouped early losses to rise by 0.7 percent.
Japan’s Nikkei added 0.8 percent while Chinese blue chips gained by 0.5 percent as the country’s central bank injected more cash into money markets.