Sensex zooms 1,148 pts, Nifty tops 15,200

Mumbai, Mar 03 (PTI): Continuing their winning run for the third session in a row, the BSE Sensex surged nearly 1,148 points to breach the 51,000-level and the NSE Nifty recaptured the 15,200-mark on Wednesday, propped up by intense buying in financial and energy stocks.
At the closing bell, the 30-share Sensex was up 1,147.76 points or 2.28 per cent at 51,444.65 – the biggest single-day rise since February 2. Intra-day, the index swung 1,243 points.
Likewise, the NSE Nifty climbed 326.50 points or 2.19 per cent to end at 15,245.60.
The Sensex rally was driven by Bajaj FinServ, Reliance Industries, Bajaj Finance, ICICI Bank, HDFC and Axis Bank. Of the 30 Sensex constituents, 27 closed in the green.
Foreign investors had bought equities worth Rs 2,223.16 crore on net basis in Indian capital markets on Tuesday, exchange data showed.
Elsewhere in Asia, stock markets extended gains on Wednesday despite an overnight retreat on Wall Street.
In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng rose to 29,591.76. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index added 0.2 per cent to 29,473.25, while the Kospi in Seoul picked up 0.6 per cent to 3,062.99.
The Shanghai Composite index advanced 1.3 per cent to 3,555.28.
Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.8 per cent to 6,815.40 after the government reported the economy grew at a 3.1 per cent quarterly rate, but a minus 1.1 per cent annual rate, in the fourth quarter of last year.

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