Benchmark indices remained strong, with the Sensex rising as much as 290 points in late morning trade and Nifty Bank hit 25,000-mark for the first time.
The 30-share BSE Sensex was up 246.26 points at 32,628.72 and the 50-share NSE Nifty gained 77.30 points at 10,097.95 despite weak market breadth.
About 1,239 shares declined against 1,108 advancing shares on the BSE.
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