The markets ended the last session of June derivatives expiry in positive turf with the benchmark index surging 202 points or 1.4% to 14,221 levels.
The Sensex moved in a broad range of 14,196 – 14,449 levels in intraday deals on the back of short covering. In broader markets, the Nifty ended 63 points up at 4,315 levels.
In other Asian markets, Nikkei-225 ended flat following modest gains on Wall Street overnight after the Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged. Chinese share prices closed mixed on Thursday, with the Shanghai markets slipping 0.1%, weighed by weak performing oil companies.
Back home, leading the pack of gainers among Sensex scrips was Reliance Industries. The counter moved up 4.9% or Rs104 by close. Ambuja Cements, Infosys Technologies, Satyam Computer, Larsen and Toubro, Cipla, HDFC and ITC Limited were some of the other notable gainers.
Aptech Limited, HCL Technologies, i-Flex Solutions, Wipro and Rolta India ended firm in the technology pack besides Satyam Computer and Infosys Technologies.
However, realty scrips continued their journey south with Ansal Infrastructure skidding over 7%. DLF Limited, Sobha Developers, Puravankara, Indiabulls Real Estate, Omaxe and Peninsula Land also closed in the red.