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Sensex clocks new high; Nifty 1 point shy of record

Realty, FMCG, banking sectors lifted Sensex but profit-booking towards fag end trimmed early gains

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Sensex clocks new high; Nifty 1 point shy of record

The benchmark BSE on Thursday rose 124 points to close at a new peak of 31,369, as investors pinned hopes on positive first quarter (Q1) numbers, due from next week.

The market was back to its bullish ways following the smooth implementation of goods and services tax (GST), hopes of a pick-up in economic growth and an above normal monsoon so far, brokers said.

Realty, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and hogged the limelight and lifted the but profit-booking towards the fag end trimmed early gains. The 50-share Nifty, after reclaiming the 9,700-mark, to scale a high of 9,700.7, ended 36.95 points up at 9,674.5, just shying away from its record closing of 9,675.1, recorded on June 5.

“Market has come out of the consolidation path due to progressing monsoon season and an expectation of positive quarter results after a hassle-free rollout of GST.

Among stocks, Sobha Ltd, Prestige, Unitech, DLF, Omaxe, HDIL, Godrej Properties and Phoenix ltd evoked fresh buying support and gained up to 7 per cent.

stocks had a leg up after the Karnataka cabinet on Wednesday approved rules under the new real estate regulation act that aims to protect home buyers.

The banking space, led by State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, Bank of Baroda, Federal Bank, ICICI Bank, IndusInd Bank, HDFC Bank, YES Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank extended gains, rising up to 4.6 per cent.

After a strong opening at 31,298.42, the BSE 30-share index hit a high of 31,460.7, before closing at a new record high of 31,369.3, up 124 points, or 0.4 per cent, breaking its previous record closing of 31,311.6 on June 19.

The gauge had gained 35.77 points in the previous session.

continued to trade in the positive zone today, despite geopolitical concerns in the Korean peninsula and underwhelming remarks from key central banks. Buoyant investor sentiment can partly be attributed to the smooth progress of southwest monsoons in India, which can have a material impact on growth in rural India and subsequently the spending power of the people,” Karthikraj Lakshmanan, Senior Fund Manager – Equities, BNP Paribas Mutual Fund said.

components which supported the key indices to hit fresh highs were ITC (1.72 per cent), Coal India (1.52 per cent), Bharti Airtel (1.51 per cent), Maruti Suzuki (1.33 per cent), Tata Motors (1.17 per cent), Tata Steel (0.84 per cent) HDFC (0.77 per cent), Hero MotoCorp (0.39 per cent), Asian Paint (0.39 per cent), Dr Reddy’s (0.37 per cent), Reliance Industries (0.11 per cent) and L&T (0.10 per cent).

However, Bajaj Auto, Mahindra & Mahindra, Sun Pharma, Axis Bank, ONGC, and NTPC retreated on profit-bookiong.

Sector-wise, BSE index gained the most by rising 1.57 per cent, followed by index 0.75 per cent, PSU 0.68 per cent, bank 0.45 per cent, auto 0.37 per cent, metal 0.32 per cent, capital goods 0.13 per cent and 0.12 per cent.

In tandem with overall trends, the broader too turned bullish as buying activity gathered momentum lifting the small-cap index by 0.31 per cent and midcap by 0.30 per cent.

Meanwhile, Domestic Institutional Investors (DIIs) bought shares worth Rs 75.36 crore yesterday, while foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) made purchases worth Rs 227.57 crore, as per provisional data.

In the Asian region, China’a Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.17 per cent, while Japan’s Nikkei fell 0.44 per cent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng shed 0.22 per cent.

European indices were trading lower in their late morning session.

First Published: Thu, July 06 2017. 23:45 IST