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Sensex rises 74 pts; logs longest winning run in 2015


Mumbai: Rallying for the eighth consecutive session, the benchmark BSE Sensex today rose 74.16 points to 27,804.37, its longest winning streak this year as above-normal monsoon has eased inflation concerns.

Sentiment got a boost after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley yesterday said the government will soon infuse capital in public sector banks, equity brokers said.

Hopes that better-than-forecasted monsoon may help the RBI cut rates sooner than expected, too triggered buying activity, they added.

The BSE Sensex resumed higher at 27,760.11, but slipped into negative terrain briefly as profit-booking emerged at higher levels. However, it bounced back to hit a high of 27,882.66, before settling at 27,804.37, a gain of 74.16 points or 0.27 per cent.

In eight straight sessions, its longest winning-run since January 27, the Sensex has zoomed by 1,433.39 points.

The NSE Nifty ended with a gain of 28.45 points or 0.34 per cent at 8,381.55 after shuttling between 8,398.45 and 8,334.95.

Besides, positive global cues on revived hopes of Greece striking a deal with its creditors, buoyed trading sentiments.

Prominent gainers among the Sensex stocks were Coal India, Cipla, L&T, M&M, NTPC, ITC, HDFC, Bharti Airtel, Tata Steel, Maruti Suzuki, SBI, GAIL, Hindalco, RIL, Dr Reddy’s, Hindustan Unilever, HDFC Bank, ONGC and Sun Pharma.

Among 30-Sensex components, 19 stocks gained, while Vedanta ended flat.

Sectoriwse, the BSE metal index gained the most by surging 1.71 per cent, followed by capital goods 1.41 per cent, PSU 1.18 per cent, oil&gas 0.83 per cent, realty 0.33 per cent, bankex 0.33 per cent and FMCG index 0.28 per cent.

In line with broad trend, Small-cap index rose 0.45 per cent and mid-cap was up 0.08 per cent.

Meanwhile, foreign investors bought shares worth Rs 651.31 crore during yesterday’s session.

Globally, Japan’s Nikkei index climbed 1.87 per cent to close at new 15-year high, while European markets were up in their early trade on hopes for a Greek bailout deal.

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