The frontline equity indices on the BSE and National Stock Exchange (NSE) settled higher for the third consecutive session, closing with over 1.1 per cent gains on Wednesday as the post-Budget rally continued for the second session with intense buying in banking and financial stocks amid supportive global cues.

The S&P BSE Sensex surged 695.76 points (1.18 per cent) to end at 59,558.33 while the Nifty 50 rose 203.15 points (1.16 per cent) to settle at 17,780.00. Both the indices had opened over 0.5 per cent higher earlier in the day and extended their gains as the trade progressed.

On the Sensex pack, IndusInd Bank and Bajaj Finserv were the top gainers of the day ending with over 5 per cent gains. They were followed by HCL Technologes, Bajaj Finance, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Axis Bank, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, HDFC Bank and Wipro. On the other hand, Tech Mahindra, Nestle India, Ultratech Cement, Maruti Suzuki India, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Sun Pharamaceutical Industries were the biggest laggards.

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