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Sensex soars to record high on earnings cheer; Nifty reclaims 11k-mark


Benchmark Sensex defied gravity for the fifth straight session to close at a fresh lifetime high today as investors poured money into energy and financial shares amid a robust start to the earnings season.

The 30-share Sensex surged 282.48 points to end at 36,548.41, while the broader NSE Nifty reclaimed the crucial 11,000-level with a 75-point leap.

Oil-to-telecom conglomerate Reliance Industries spurted 4.42 per cent to hit its all-time closing high, re-entering the USD 100 billion market cap club. The stocks was the session’s biggest gainer on the Sensex.

An appreciating rupee, sustained buying by domestic and foreign institutional investors and an encouraging start to the earnings season spurred buying momentum, brokers said.

The 30-share barometer, after opening on a strong footing, gathered momentum to touch an all-time intra-day high of 36,699.53.

However, it shed some ground on profit-booking, before finally finishing at 36,548.41, up by 282.48 points, or 0.78 per cent — surpassing its previous record closing of 36,283.25 hit on January 29.

The gauge has now gained 973.86 points in five sessions.

The broader NSE Nifty index touched a high of 11,078.30 before ending at 11,023.20, up 74.90 or 0.68 per cent. This is its highest closing since January 31, when it had ended at 11,027.70.

Meanwhile, foreign funds bought shares worth a net of Rs 636.27 crore, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) made purchases worth Rs 15.33 crore on yesterday, provisional data showed.

“Market maintained its upward streak in expectation of earnings growth and decline in oil prices. Besides, the prospects of trade talks between the US and China influenced global peers to rebound after the recent sell off.

“Oil price declined to recent low while rupee appreciated easing the concern of an expected rise in June CPI inflation to 5.29 per cent,” said Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services.

Shares of oil marketing companies and airlines jumped after crude oil prices posted their biggest one-day drop in two years.

Bharat Petroleum Corp surged 2.61 per cent, Hindustan Petroleum Corp 1.53 per cent and Indian Oil Corp gained 1.10 per cent.

Interglobe Aviation Ltd rose by 4.70 per cent and Jet Airways gained 1.80 per cent.

Other gainers on the Sensex included Wipro 2.44 per cent, L&T 1.94 per cent, HDFC Ltd 1.74 per cent, SBI 1.49 per cent, HUL 1.46 per cent, ICICI Bank 1.32 per cent, IndusInd Bank 1.07 per cent and Yes Bank 0.93 per cent, among others.

On the other hand, Vedanta declined 3.05 per cent, Infosys 1.95 per cent, Bajaj Auto 1.66 per cent, M&M 1.40 per cent, Hero Motocorp 1.20 per cent, Adani Ports 1.04 per cent, Tata Motors 0.50 per cent, Bharti Airtel 0.48 per cent, Maruti Suzuki 0.44 per cent, TCS 0.43 per cent and Power Grid 0.30 per cent.

Among sectoral indices, BSE Energy gained the most by rising 3.07 per cent, followed by oil and gas 1.60 per cent, bankex 0.92 per cent, capital goods 0.69 per cent, PSU 0.40 per cent, FMCG 0.35 per cent and healthcare 0.17 per cent.

Realty lost the most at 1.14 per cent, auto 0.77 per cent, teck 0.67 per cent, IT 0.58 per cent, metal 0.52 per cent, power 0.39 per cent, infrastructure 0.11 per cent and consumer durables 0.09 per cent.

Broader markets showed a weak trend, with the BSE mid-cap index falling 0.52 per cent and small-caps losing 0.06 per cent.

In global markets, Asian stocks and commodities recovered, even as global trade headwinds remain.

Shanghai Composite Index rose 2.16 per cent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 0.60 per cent, while Japan’s Nikkei closed 1.17 per cent higher.

In the Eurozone, Frankfurt’s DAX rose 0.58 per cent and Paris CAC gained 0.65 per cent in their late morning deals. London’s FTSE too gained 0.73 per cent.

US stocks, however, fell yesterday amid renewed tensions over global trade and geopolitics. The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.88 per cent lower.

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