Equity benchmarks extended gains in opening trade Thursday, with the Nifty eyeing 9700 level despite cautious trade in global peers ahead of UK elections and Comey testimony.
The 30-share BSE Sensex was up 52.93 points at 31,324.21 and the 50-share NSE Nifty gained 18.50 points at 9,682.40.
Tata Steel topped the buying list among Sensex stocks, up nearly 4 percent followed by Dr Reddy's Labs, HDFC, Tata Motors, Lupin, Aurobindo Pharma and Hindalco.
TCS, GAIL, ONGC, ITC, Infosys, Tata Power and Bharti Infratel were under pressure.
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