Investors also took positive cues from Asian equities after US Fed Chairman Jerome Powell signalled that the three-year tightening cycle was drawing to a close, and IMF chief Christine Lagarde said that the US was not likely to see an economic contraction in the near term. The rupee appreciated by 46 paise to 70.44 against the US dollar in early trade amid weakness in the greenback against some currencies overseas.
Oil prices extended their losses on worries that a meeting of Opec and non-Opec producers will not agree to a cut in output. Brent crude, the international benchmark, was trading 0.72 per cent lower at USD 59.63 per barrel.
The 30-share Sensex was trading 152.48 points, or 0.43 per cent, higher at 35,464.61. The index plunged 572.28 points, or 1.59 per cent, to close at 35,312.13 on Thursday. The NSE Nifty was trading 38.55 points, or 0.36 per cent, higher at 10,639.70.
Top gainers include Asian Paints, ITC, Bajaj Auto, M&M, ICICI Bank, Kotak Bank, Maruti, HDFC Bank, Hero MotoCorp, Infosys and Tata Motors, rising over 1.13 per cent. While top losers were Wipro, Coal India, ONGC, Tata Steel, HUL and TCS, falling up to 1.87 per cent.
Shares of HCL Technologies opened over 6 per cent lower after the company said it will acquire select IBM software products for USD 1.8 billion (over Rs 12,700 crore) in an all-cash deal.
The deal will be funded largely through internal accruals, with USD 300 million of debt, HCL Tech said, adding that nearly half of the total amount will be paid at close of the deal. This is the biggest acquisition for HCL Tech till date, and among the largest by an Indian tech company.
On a net basis, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) bought shares worth Rs 72.47 crore Thursday, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) were net sellers to the tune of Rs 389.78 crore, provisional data available with BSE showed.
Elsewhere in Asia, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was up 0.27 per cent, Japan’s Nikkei rose 0.45 per cent and Shanghai Composite Index edged higher by 0.07 per cent in early trade. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average index fell 79.40 points, or 0.32 per cent, to 24,947.67 on Thursday.