The frontline equity indices on the BSE and National Stock Exchange (NSE) opened marginally higher on Friday aided by information technology (IT), banking and energy stocks amid concerns around the discovery of two cases of the new Omicron variant in the country a day earlier.
The S&P Sensex surged 262.86 points to 58,724.15 in opening deals while the Nifty 50 rose 68.45 points to 17,470.10.
On the Sensex pack, L&T, Infosys, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and Axis Bank were the top contributors in the early deals.
Indian Hotels Company (up 4.35%), Aditya Birla Capital (up 3.73%), ICICI Securities (up 2.99%), Tata Communications (up 2.21%) and 3M India (up 2.21%) were top gainers in Mid Cap space.
Ramco Systems (up 20%), Neogen Chemicals (up 16.43%), Indian Energy Exchange (up 6.33%), Amber Enterprises (up 5.87%) and Happiest Minds Technologies (up 5%) were top gainers in small-cap space.