Equity benchmarks gained strength in early trade Thursday after seeing consolidation in past four consecutive sessions. Cabinet's approval to National Steel Policy 2017 and amendments to Banking Regulation Act boosted market sentiment.
The 30-share BSE Sensex was up 148.38 points at 30,043.18 and the 50-share NSE Nifty gained 35.75 points at 9,347.70. About 738 shares advanced against 247 declining shares on the BSE.
Nifty Bank gained after ICICI Bank's earnings and Cabinet's approval to amendments to Banking Regulation Act. ICICI Bank surged over 5 percent while Bank of Baroda, PNB, Canara Bank and SBI gained 1-2 percent.
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