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Sensex recovers 54 pts in early trade on corporate earnings


Mumbai : The BSE Sensex recovered by about 54 points in early trade today on fresh buying by investors after ITC Ltd reported better-than-expected earnings.

The 30-share index, which had lost 205.37 points in the previous session, rebounded 53.67 points or 0.19 per cent to 27,764.19 with stocks of FMCG, power, capital goods, auto, consumer durables and healthcare, rising by up to 0.75 per cent.

Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty was trading 15.30 points or 0.17 per cent higher at 8,525.40.

Buying activity emerged after FMCG major ITC Ltd yesterday reported posted an over 10 per cent rise in standalone net profit at Rs 2,384.67 crore for April-June quarter.

Shares of ITC Ltd climbed 1.04 per cent to Rs 253.25 in early trade.

Other gainers that supported the recovery were GAIL, Power Grid, Asian paints, Tata Motors, M&M, NTPC, L&T and RIL.

Traders said, however, a weak trend in other Asian bourses following overnight weakness in the US, restricted the rise on the domestic market.

In Asian, Japan’s Nikkei fell 0.89 per cent while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was down 0.40 per cent in early trade. Shanghai Composite was 0.31 per cent down.

The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.42 per cent lower yesterday.

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