Sensex closes up by 417 points

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Mumbai, Feb 4 : The 30-share sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Monday opened with a positive gap of 253 points and closed at 18,660, around 417 points above its previous close.

Out of 2,844 stocks traded at the BSE, 2,273 stocks advanced, 534 declined and 37 remained unchanged.

Reliance Communications gained 12 per cent and DLF soared by 8.5 per cent.

Wipro jumped up by over six per cent, TCS rallied five per cent, Satyam advanced nearly four per cent and Infosys gained 3.2 per cent.

NTPC gained 4.4 per cent and SBI moved up by four per cent.

Ranbaxy surged by 3.8 per cent, and Tata Steel and Mahindra and Mahindra rallied around 3.5 per cent each. Larsen and Toubro, Tata Motors, Reliance and Hindustan Unilever gained around two per cent.

The National Stock Exchange (NSE) Nifty settled with a gain of 146 points at 5,463.

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