Mumbai, India (BBN) – Cheering Budget proposals of infusing Rs 10,000 crore in public sector banks and keeping the long-term capital gains tax unchanged for the capital markets, the benchmark Sensex regained the 28,000-mark by soaring over 400 points at mid- session Wednesday.
Sentiment also got a boost after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley proposed to bring down the fiscal deficit to 3.2 per cent of GDP from 3.5 per cent, reports The Hindu Business Line.
The Sensex, which kept moving in a tight range after the Budget was presented in Parliament, made a strong rally by soaring 401.43 points, or 1.15 per cent to 28,057.41, powered by budgetary proposals to infuse Rs 10,000 crore in public sector banks, no change for capital markets and allocating a record Rs 3.96 lakh crore to infrastructure sector as well as granting infra status to affordable housing.
Moreoever, proposal to further liberaise FDI policy too uplifted the trading sentiment, brokers said.
The broad-based National Stock Exchange Nifty also saw an upswing and shot up by 109.00 points, or 1.27 per cent to 8,670.30 following widespread gains in stock prices.
“No change in the capital gain tax, particularly long-term, in the Budget, cheered the investing fraterinity” said a Delhi-based NSE broker, Manoj Choraria.
The government also kept the securities transaction tax (STT) and other taxes for the capital markets unchanged.
Shares of state-run banks such as SBI, Union Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, Punjab National Bank and Syndicate bank hogged the limelight and climbed by up to 4 per cent as the government announced infusion of Rs 10,000 crore in public sector banks in the next fiscal.
Oil stocks like BPCL, HPCL and IndianOil were up as Arun Jaitley has said integrated PSU oil major that will match international and domestic PSU oil & gas majors will be set up.
Fertiliser stocks rallied on the stock exchanges as the Finance Minister listed out measures for agriculture sector in his Budget speech in Parliament.
The dollar was put on the defensive in Asia on Wednesday after the Trump administration accused Germany and Japan of devaluing their currencies to gain a trade advantage, fuelling a risk-off mood that also kept the stocks subdued.
The US currency suffered its worst January in three decades after President Donald Trump complained that every “other country lives on devaluation’’.