A benchmark index for the Indian equities markets Monday closed 144 points higher led by big gains in large telecom and metal companies, breaking off from the tight range-bound trading in the first half of the day.
The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 18,753.35 points, closed at 18,867.09 points (provisional), up 144.79 points or 0.77 percent from its previous close at 18,722.3 points.
It had moved to an intra-day high of 18,932.27 points.
The 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange also ened higher at 5,679.8 points, up 0.81 percent.
Broader markets too nudged up. The BSE midcap index closed 0.45 percent up and the BSE smallcap index ended 0.48 percent up.