Heavy buying in banking, capital goods and IT bluechips helped the Sensex rebound over 164 points on Friday amid a strong show in global markets, helping the BSE benchmark register its first weekly gain in four.

The 30-share BSE index, which had lost 186.33 points in the previous trading session, recovered 164.11 points, or 0.80 per cent, to end at 20,700.75. Intra-day, it moved between 20,599.91 and 20,725.04 range.

Axis Bank, L&T, ITC and Tata Steel led the 21 Sensex gainers. Bharti Airtel was the biggest among nine laggards.

Friday’s Sensex gain is its fifth rise in six days and drove the index to end 333.93 points higher for the week, which saw optimism over interim budget announcements. It had shed points in each of the previous three weeks.

The 50-scrip NSE index Nifty on Friday regained the key 6,100 level by rising 64 points, or 1.05 per cent, to end at 6,155.45. For the week, the NSE barometer gain 107.10 points.

Among banking stocks, Axis Bank jumped 2.85 per cent, ICICI Bank rose 1.62 per cent and SBI spurted 1.46 per cent.

Stocks of cement firms such as Ultratech, Shree Cement, Ambuja Cement and ACC saw good demand on speculation of a hike in prices, said traders.

Bharti Airtel slipped 2.91 per cent on worries of USD 3 billion payouts over a 5 per cent stake claimed by Econet Wireless in the Indian major’s Nigerian unit after losing a court case in the African nation.

Sectorally, the BSE Capital Goods index gained the most and increased 1.24 per cent. It was followed by FMCG index (1.20 per cent), the Banking index (1.16 per cent) and IT sector index (1.16 per cent).

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