NEW DELHI: Equity indices jumped higher in opening session on Thursday with benchmark BSE sensex rising over 450 points, amid positive global cues.
The 30-share BSE index rose 472 points or 0.95 per cent to trade at 50,273; while the broader NSE Nifty was up 134 points or 0.91 per cent at 14,856.
Top gainers in the sensex pack included Bajaj Finance, ONGC, Maruti, M&M, L&T and ICICI Bank with their shares rising as much as 2.49 per cent.
On NSE, except Nifty IT, all other sub-indices were trading in green with Nifty Metal, Auto and Media up as much as 1.83 per cent.
Shares of Vodafone Idea jumped 2.54 per cent after data showed that the telecom operator added customers to its network for the first time in 15 months in January.
Globally, the US central bank’s decision to keep interest rates near zero sent Asian shares higher with the MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan adding nearly 1 per cent.