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Sensex Surges Over 250 Pts to Cross 55,000-Mark in Early Trade; Nifty Tops 16,400

US equities extend gains; number of active Covid-19 cases in India declines to 3,85,227

Sensex Surges Over 250 Pts to Cross 55,000-Mark in Early Trade; Nifty Tops 16,400
Sensex Surges Over 250 Pts to Cross 55,000-Mark in Early Trade; Nifty Tops 16,40
PTI - 13 August 2021

Equity benchmark Sensex jumped over 250 points to cross the 55,000-mark in early trade on Friday, led by gains in index heavyweights HDFC twins, ICICI Bank and TCS.

The 30-share index was trading 258.4 points or 0.47 per cent higher at a lifetime intra-day peak of 55,102.42, while the broader NSE Nifty advanced 69.80 points or 0.43 per cent to record 16,434.20 in initial deals.

M&M was the top gainer in the Sensex pack, rising over 1 per cent, followed by L&T, HDFC, ITC, Axis Bank and HDFC Bank.

On the other hand, Tech Mahindra, Dr Reddy’s, Sun Pharma, PowerGrid and Tata Steel were among the laggards.

"Bulls are showing no signs of fatigue as Nifty raced to another record... Global support to the rally is intact with the Dow and S&P setting yet another record high,” said V K Vijayakumar, Chief Investment Strategist at Geojit Financial Services.

Retail investors relentlessly chasing stocks and the sheer momentum in the market has taken the Nifty to 16,500 levels, he said, adding that the rally is likely to be led by the leading high-quality private banks and leading IT names.

Meanwhile, the Union Health Ministry has declared that the number of active Covid-19 cases in the country has declined to 3,85,227. A single-day rise of 40,120 infections and 585 fatalities have pushed India's Covid-19 tally of cases to 3,21,17,826, and death toll to 4,30,254

US equities extended gains with Dow and S&P 500 closing at record highs. A consistent improvement in key economic data lifted sentiments and defied higher inflation, experts said.

Elsewhere in Asia, bourses in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Seoul were trading with losses in mid-session deals, while Tokyo was positive.

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