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Mkts’ dream run continues, Sensex, Nifty surge to new peaks


Mumbai, Nov 17 (PTI) Extending their record-breaking run, the Sensex today surged 131.22 points to end at new peak of 28,177.88 and the Nifty rose 40.85 points to fresh closing high of 8,430.75 on the back of positive cues on the trade deficit front and robust gains logged by SBI and Tata Motors.

The rally was chiefly led by auto, power, refinery and public sector banking shares. Recent macroeconomic data has reaffirmed investors’ view that the Indian economy is on track for a smart recovery at a time when Japan has slipped into recession, say traders.

SBI was the star performer of the day with a rise of 5.44 per cent on the back of analyst upgrades after a robust set of numbers on Friday. In the auto pack, Tata Motors (4.07 per cent) and Hero MotoCorp (2.15 per cent) shares jumped, helping leading indices notch up gains.

“The market mood remained negative amidst mixed sentiments but it picked up steam in the last 90 minutes of the trading session…. trade deficit in October declined. FII flows and hopes from the winter session of Parliament would keep the sentiments upbeat for the next 1-2 weeks,” said Rakesh Goyal, Senior Vice President, Bonanza Portfolio.

After surrendering gains in the first half, markets got a boost after country’s trade balance data came in better than expected. Continued fall in the global crude oil prices augurs well for price rise in India, which imports over 70 per cent of its oil requirements.

The 30-share BSE benchmark Sensex resumed lower and remained in negative zone till afternoon. It bounced back after October trade gap came in at USD 13.35 billion lower than September’s USD 14.2 billion. The Sensex touched a new

intra-day peak of 28,205.71 before registering its record closing high of 28,177.88, up 131.22 points or 0.47 per cent.

The 50-issue CNX Nifty of the NSE also logged its new intra-trade high of 8,438.10 before ending at new closing high of 8,430.75, showing a rise of 40.85 points or 0.49 per cent.

Meanwhile, Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) bought shares worth a net Rs 645.90 crores last Friday, according to provisional data from the stock exchanges.

Asian markets were dragged down by Japanese stocks after the release of GDP data that unexpectedly showed a surprise contraction in the third quarter. Key benchmark indices in Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea fell by 0.08 per cent to 2.96 per cent.

European stocks too showed weak trend as the CAC dropped by 0.84 per cent, the DAX by 0.88 per cent and The FTSE by 0.52 per cent.

Jignesh Chaudhary, Head of Research, Veracity Broking Services said, “In India, local equities added almost half per cent gains with the help of some bluechip companies. FII buying also helped the indices to trade positively.”

Major gainers from the Sensex pack were SBI (5.44 per cent), Tata Motors (4.07 per cent), Hero MotoCorp (2.15 per cent), NTPC (1.71 per cent), RIL (1.47 per cent), BHEL (1.20 per cent) and Bharti Airtel (1.04 per cent).

In Sensex laggards, ICICI Bank fell by 1.27 per cent, HDFC Bank 1.05 per cent, Coal India 0.95 per cent, Sesa Sterlite 0.92 per cent and M&M 0.67 per cent.

Among the S&P BSE sectoral indices, Power rose by 1.54 per cent, followed by Auto 1.43 per cent, Consumer Durables 0.91 per cent and Oil&Gas 0.83 per cent while Metal moved down by 0.55 per cent, among others.

The total market breadth remained positive as 1,622 stocks finished in green, 1,441 stocks closed in red while 83 ruled steady. The total turnover declined to Rs 3,398.97 crore from Rs 3,456.37 crore yesterday.


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