Mumbai: Sensex closed Friday's session with an unprecedented 5.32 percent advance as Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced yet another big-ticket announcement to kickstart the economy.
Indian benchmark indices logged the biggest-ever gains in over 10 years as the government slashed the effective corporate tax rate to about 25 percent from 30 percent.
Sensex advanced by a massive 1921.15 points to 38,014.62 and the broader Nifty jumped to 11,275.45 after gaining 570.65 points or 5.33 percent.
The biggest beneficiaries among the 30 Sensex stocks were: HeroMoto Corp, Maruti Suzuki, IndusInd Bank, Bajaj Finance, State Bank of India and Bajaj Finance which gained in the range of 9 to 12 percent.
The badly beaten down auto stocks, gained the most. Nifty auto jumped over 9.90 percent while the Nifty banks' index gained over 8 percent.
"The announcements made by the Finance Minister are very positive for the economy, corporates, and stock market. The effective tax after surcharges and cess will come down from 33 percent to 25.17 percent, " said Rusmik Oza of Kotak Securities. (IANS)