The Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark index, Sensex, closed the 2012-13 financial year on a positive note, with the index jumping by 131.24 points to end at 18835.77. It was helped by heavy buying in ICICI Bank, Infosys, L&T, ITC and ONGC shares, amid settlement of monthly derivative contracts.

After opening flat, the 30-share Sensex hit 18568.43 in the first hour of trade on weak Asian sentiments. However, a wave of buying in metal, capital goods, consumer durables and PSUs during the last half hour of trade helped the index end at 18835.77.

The National Stock Exchange index, Nifty, also improved further by 40.95 points to end at 5682.55.

Banking counters such as ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and SBI notched handsome gains between 1.04-2.37 per cent and contributed almost 65 points to the Sensex kitty.

Rupee up

The rupee gained seven paise to close at 54.29 against dollar on renewed selling of the dollar by exporters. Forex dealers said continued capital inflows also supported the rupee. —PTI