The blue-chip index rose 0.3% with banks adding more than 1%. HSBC Holdings provided the biggest boost.
Miners and oil majors BP and Royal Dutch Shell also supported the index. [MET/L]
A rally in Asia put global equities on track for a seventh day of gains as investors bet the United States will lead the world out of the pandemic, with the focus turning to a multi-trillion dollar spending boost by the Biden administration. [MKTS/GLOB]
The domestically focused mid-cap FTSE 250 index advanced 0.2%.
AstraZeneca fell 0.8% even after the European Commission approved its Tagrisso drug to treat patients with a type of early-stage lung cancer. Reporting by Devik Jain in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu