They were supported by good foreign funds inflows."
Eighteen scrips out of the 30-share Sensex pack ended higher while 12 others closed lower.
Besides the big winners, other gainers from the Sensex were BHEL 3.18 per cent, ONGC 2.68 per cent, Sun Pharma 2.54 per cent, Axis Bank 2.40 per cent, Dr Reddy's Lab 2.39 per cent, Cipla 2.33 per cent, Sesa Sterlite 1.49 per cent, M&M 1.15 per cent, L&T 1.07 per cent and Bajaj Auto 1.01 per cent.
Apart from Maruti Suzuki, other losers were NTPC 2.51 per cent, Tata Steel 1.49 per cent, RIL 1.39 per cent, HDFC Bank 1.32 per cent, HUL 1.11 per cent and Wipro 1.09 per cent.
Among the S&P BSE sectoral indices, Healthcare rose by 2.27 per cent, IT (1.44 per cent), Auto (1.37 per cent), Teck (1.33 per cent), Capital Goods (1.18 per cent) and Metal (0.99 per cent). Overall, nine of the 12 such benchmarks ended up.
Out of the total shares, 1,334 shares ended in red, 1,332 shares finished in green while 167 ruled steady. The total turnover rose to Rs 2,658.15 crore from Rs 1,823.42 crore on Wednesday.