Sensex, Nifty extend gains ahead of Budget

Extending gains for the fourth straight session, equity benchmarks ended on a positive note on Thursday after the Economic Survey projected India's economic growth rebounding from a five-year low to 7 per cent this year.

The 30-share BSE Sensex settled 68.81 points, or 0.17 per cent, higher at 39,908.06. The index hit an intra-day high of 39,979.10 and a low of 39,858.33.

Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty gained 30 points, or 0.25 per cent, to finish at 11,946.75.

During the day, the index touched a high of 11,969.25 and a low of 11,923.65.

Top gainers in the Sensex pack included Bharti Airtel, Tata Motors, IndusInd Bank, Kotak Bank, Hero MotoCorp, Asian Paints and PowerGrid, ending up to 2.53 per cent higher.

On the other hand, Yes Bank, HCL Tech, Vedanta, Sun Pharma, Tata Steel, L&T, HDFC Bank and NTPC fell up to 3.56 per cent.