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Mumbai, Sep 18: A day after the US Fed decided not to make any substantial changes in its bond buying programme, a benchmark index of Indian equities markets provisionally closed 480.92 points or 1.81 percent up. The markets made gains for the second day after two consecutive sessions of decline. The index had lost around 324 points Tuesday and fell by more than 250 points Monday. The index had gained by 138 points or 0.52 percent on Wednesday. Also Read - Stock Market Crash: Sensex Nosedives 1,115 Pts, Nifty Tanks Below 10,850-mark in Closing Session

All the sectoral indices made healthy gains. The rally was led by automobile, capital goods, banking, consumer durables, healthcare, oil and gas and metal stocks. The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 26,573.89 points, closed trade at 27,112.21 points (provisional), up 480.92 points or 1.81 percent from the previous day’s close at 26,631.29 points. Also Read - US Has The Most Powerful Weapons Ever Produced, Says Trump; Hopes He Will Never Have to Use Them

The Sensex touched a high of 27,132.20 points and a low of 26,503.08 points in intra-trade. “There is a relief in the market after the outcome of the two-day US Fed meeting, which did not result in any major announcements regarding downsizing of the stimulus plan,” said Dipen Shah, head – private client group research, Kotak Securities.

The S&P BSE automobile index rocketed 474.62 points, followed by capital goods index which soared 424.92 points, bankex gained 358.20 points, consumer durables index moved up by 293.90 points and healthcare index rose by 240.98 points. The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) too made healthy gains. It rose 139.25 points or 1.75 percent at 8,114.75 points.

Major BSE gainers were Unitech, up 12.85 percent at Rs.25.90; HDIL, up 9.24 percent at Rs.93.40; India Hotels, up 9.13 percent at Rs.101.60; Adani Power, up 7.62 percent at Rs.52.95; and Ashok Leyland, up 5.80 percent at Rs.41.05. Major Sensex gainers included Hero MotoCorp, up 5.57 percent at Rs.2,998.15; HDFC, up 3.73 percent at Rs.1,055.65; Tata Motors, up 3.70 percent at Rs.525.60; Larsen and Toubro (L&T), up at 3.57 percent at Rs.1,574.90; and BHEL, up 3.51 percent at Rs.228.45.