At close, the Sensex was up 388.76 points or 0.70% at 56,247.28, and the Nifty was up 135.50 points or 0.81% at 16,793.90, as Russia and Ukraine began talks at the Belarus border. Tata Steel was the top Sensex gainer, up 6.45%, followed by Power Grid, Titan, and Reliance Industries. Dr Reddy’s was the worst performer, down 2.8%, accompanied by Axis Bank, M&M, and HDFC Bank. About 2071 shares have advanced, 1290 shares declined, and 142 shares are unchanged. Meanwhile, in the broader market, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices added 0.8 percent each. On the sectoral front, apart from the Nifty Metal index, which closed nearly 5 percent higher, the Nifty Oil and gas index (up 2.6 percent), IT index (up 1 percent), and the Nifty FMCG index (up 0.6 percent) were the other star performers. On the flip side, the Nifty Auto and Bank indices were the worst hit, down 0.7 percent each. Volatility continued to remain high as India's VIX ended 6.8% higher at 28.57.