Sensex rises 279 points; IT,finance stock shine

BENCHMARK INDICES FINISHED with smart gain Thursday as investors scooped up recently -battered stocks,led by information technology(IT) and financial counters,even as global markets reeled after the US escalated its trade conflict with china by imposing sanctions in telecom major Huawei. After trading on tepid note throughout the session,the BSE senex surged in the last hour