Mumbai | Markets put up a strong rally on an acrosstheboard buying frenzy, lifting the Sensex about 500 points to close at 11month high of 27,627 and the Nifty above 8,400 amid robust global cues. For the Sensex, it’s the biggest singleday gain in over a month. The sentiment got a big push following a rally in global equities as investors cheered a strong US jobs report while a landslide victory for Japan’s ruling coalition in weekend elections boosted stimulus hopes.
The investor focus now shifts to the first leg of corporate earnings. TCS and Infosys are slated to come out with their results on Thursday and Friday, respectively. Monsoon’s coverage of most part of India and a stronger possibility of passage of the deadlocked GST Bill in Rajya Sabha gave more reasons to cheer.
After opening higher, the Sensex ended at an 11month high of 27,626.69, up 499.79 points, or 1.84 per cent its biggest singleday gain since May 25 when it had risen 575.70 points. Today’s closing is highest since August 19 last year when it ended at 27,931.64. The 50share NSE Nifty recaptured the 8,400mark before closing at 8,467.90, a gain of 144.70 points, or 1.74 per cent.
Metals led the rally, followed by auto, banking, PSU and realty. Coveringup of short positions fed the upsurge. Most other Asian markets closed on a strong footing following strong weekend rally in the US. Japan’s Nikkei remained at the forefront, jumping 3.98 per cent, followed by Hong Kong’s 1.54 per cent, Singapore’s 0.97 per cent and the Shanghai Composite’s 0.23 per cent.
European bourses are too trading firmly higher, with Frankfurt’ DAX up 1.20 per cent, Paris CAC 0.70 per cent and UK’s FTSE 0.70 per cent. Meanwhile, FPIs net bought shares worth Rs 330.62 crore on Friday, as per provisional data from the stock exchanges. The domination was near complete, as 29 scrips out of 30share Sensex pack ended higher while Axis Bank closed lower.
Adani Ports was the top gainer by rising 4.78 per cent. Tata Motors went up 4.15 per cent after the company’s Jaguar Land Rover reported 22 per cent jump in global retail sales in first half the year. So did ICICI Bank (3.44 per cent), SBI (2.84 per cent), Maruti Suzuki (2.84 per cent), Coal India (2.84 per cent), Tata Steel (2.72 per cent) and Hero MotoCorp (2.52 per cent). Among BSE sectoral indices,
metal rose the most by 2.46 per cent, followed by auto 2.19 per cent, banking 2.07 per cent, PSU 2.06 per cent and realty 2.05 per cent. Midcap and smallcap firmed up 1.49 and 0.79 per cent, respectively, on fresh buying by retail investors.