New Delhi: A day before the presentation of Union Budget 2019-20, Indian equities closed marginally high as investors hoped will announce measures to reverse the slowdown in the economy.

As per the government’s forecast earlier, the economic growth was expected to reach a height of up to 7 per cent this year while simultaneously suffering fiscal challenges.

The Nifty moved up 30 points to close at 11,947 while the BSE S & P Sensex closed 69 points higher at 39,908. At the National Stock Exchange (NSE), most sectoral indices were in the green except for metal, media, and pharma.

Among stocks, UPL gained 6.8 per cent to close at Rs 696.55 per share while Bharti Airtel was up 2.5 per cent. Britannia, Tata Motors and Ultra Cements also showed some gains.

However, Yes Bank and Titan shed nearly 3 per cent. Zee Entertainment, JSW Steel and HCL Tech were other prominent losers.

Meanwhile, Asian stocks saw modest gains, tracking solid gains on Wall Street as data pointed to slowing economic growth in the United States. Investors hoped for interest rate cuts by the Federal Reserve as soon as this month.

Shares in Japan, Australia, and South Korea rose but China and Hong Kong shares were little changed due to uncertainty over US-China trade disputes.

(With agency inputs)