Benchmarks Climb to New Lifetime Highs; Sensex Closes at 58,296.91
Rupee declines by 8 paise to close at 73.10 against the US currency
Equity indices ticked higher to fresh lifetime peaks for the third straight session on Monday, riding on robust gains in Reliance Industries and IT stocks amid a firm trend overseas.
The 30-share BSE Sensex advanced 166.96 points or 0.29 per cent to its new closing record of 58,296.91. It touched an all-time high of 58,515.85 during the session.
Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty climbed 54.20 points or 0.31 per cent to its fresh lifetime peak of 17,377.80. During the session, it touched a record 17,429.55.
HCL Tech was the top gainer in the Sensex pack, spurting 2.17 per cent, followed by Infosys, Reliance Industries, Tech Mahindra, Bajaj Auto, M&M and HUL.
On the other hand, IndusInd Bank, Kotak Bank, Power Grid, Sun Pharma, Asian Paints, Titan and ITC were among the laggards, skidding up to 1.13 per cent.
The market breadth was negative, with 17 out of the 30 Sensex stocks closing in the red, while the remaining 13 mustered gains.
Positive global markets and strong support from IT and realty stocks, aided domestic markets to trade modestly higher. Hopes of continued economic support by the Fed Reserve due to weak US job data and talks of more stimulus in Japan and China boosted global markets.
"Economic normalisation attracted buyers in realty stocks while safe haven IT stocks continued to lead the upbeat market," said Vinod Nair, Head of Research at Geojit Financial Services.
Milind Muchhala, Executive Director, Julius Baer, said the Indian markets continued to clock new highs, aided by contributions from a few index heavyweights. However, the broader markets seem to be witnessing some signs of exhaustion, after the healthy rally seen in the past month where India was the best performing market with gains of around 9 per cent,
"In fact, a small correction would be welcome at this juncture and help the markets to become healthier, although the trigger for that currently seems elusive and it could just be a part of the broader global correction.”
The underlying sentiment, however, remains quite constructive, well supported by steadily improving economic data, positive earnings expectation and a healthy pick up in daily inoculations, and investors would be on the lookout for intermittent corrections to add positions, he noted.
Sector-wise, the BSE realty index surged 2.97 per cent, followed by IT (1.48 per cent), consumer durables (1.43 per cent), teck (1.25 per cent) and energy (0.78 per cent).
However, oil and gas, power, utilities and bankex tumbled up to 0.66 per cent.
In the broader markets, the BSE smallcap and midcap indices rose as much as 0.59 per cent.
Global markets were in the positive terrain after weak US payrolls data boosted prospects of the Fed maintaining its accommodative stance for longer.
In Asia, bourses in Shanghai, Seoul, Tokyo and Hong Kong ended with significant gains.
Equities in Europe too were trading on a positive note in mid-session deals.
Meanwhile, international oil benchmark Brent crude rose 0.80 per cent to $72.03 per barrel.
The rupee on Monday declined by 8 paise to close at 73.10 against the US currency, tracking the strengthening of the greenback in the overseas markets.
Foreign institutional investors were net buyers in the capital market on Friday, as they purchased shares worth Rs 768.58 crore, as per exchange data.