Domestic equity benchmark indices extended their gains from the previous session and traded in the green during trade on Friday amid firm global cues.

Indian markets opened higher in line with Asian markets and sharply positive overnight US markets.

At 11.53 a.m., Sensex was at 54,535.78 points, up +283.25 or 0.52%, whereas Nifty at 16,254.50 points, up 84.35 or 0.52%.

Bajaj Finance, Bajaj Finserv, HDFC Life, HCL Technologies and Indusind Bank shares were the top five gainers among the Nifty 50 companies.


"Market data indicate that the weakness in the US market is coming to an end. The Fed minutes suggest pausing by year end after front-loading rate hikes," said V.K. Vijayakumar, Chief Investment Strategist at Geojit Financial Services.


Also, there were indications of the US economy slowing Adown which will enable the US Fed to be less hawkish than the market discounted, he said.

In the current situation, high quality large-caps can stage a rally, besides leading banks are the safe bets.