Chennai, India (BBN) – The benchmark BSE Sensex retreated slightly from the day’s high of 33,450.31 but was still trading higher by over 100 points on sustained buying by domestic institutional investors amid firm global cues.
Optimistic buying by participants ahead of industrial production and inflation numbers to be released later this week too supported the rally, reports The Hindu Business Line.
At 10.50 a.m., the 30-share BSE index Sensex was up 97.38 points or 0.29 per cent at 33,347.68 and the 50-share NSE index Nifty was up 23.65 points or 0.23 per cent at 10,289.30.
Among BSE sectoral indices, FMCG index gained the most by 0.61 per cent, followed by auto 0.53 per cent, healthcare 0.45 per cent and realty 0.38 per cent. On the other hand, metal index was down 0.35 per cent, infrastructure 0.16 per cent and power 0.01 per cent.
Top five Sensex gainers were Lupin (+1.69%), ITC (+1.49%), ITC (+1.45%), M&M (+1.25%) and HDFC (+1.08%), while the major losers were Adani Ports (-1.34%), HUL (-0.6%), Cipla (-0.46%), NTPC (-0.44%) and ONGC (-0.44%).
The Sensex advanced by 195 points in early trade and the Nifty50 also went past the 10,300-mark.
The 30-share BSE index Sensex jumped 194.68 points, or 0.58 per cent, to 33,444.98, with realty, oil and gas, PSU, metal, banking and auto stocks driving the uptrend. The gauge had gained 653.12 points in the previous two sessions.
The 50-share NSE index Nifty was up 46.15 points, or 0.44 per cent, at 10,311.80.
As per provisional data, domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought shares worth Rs. 1,243 crore on Friday.
Asian stocks were slightly higher with MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan up 0.2 per cent, staying above a recent two-month trough of 542.27 points amid optimism about global growth after the strong US payrolls data on Friday.
Japan’s Nikkei added 0.1 per cent, while Australian shares climbed 0.1 per cent. Chinese shares opened firm following solid trade data on Friday, with the blue-chip CSI 300 index up 0.1 per cent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index gained 0.3 per cent.
On Friday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average index rose 74 points, or 0.31 per cent, to 24,285. The S&P500 index gained 9.82 points, or 0.37 per cent, to 2,646. The Nasdaq Composite index added 21.67 points, or 0.32 percent, to 6,834.