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Global indices, stock-specific buying lift Indian equities (Roundup)

IANS  |  Mumbai 

Positive global indices, coupled with healthy buying in capital goods, auto, banking, healthcare and metal stocks, lifted the key Indian equity indices on Monday.

Market observers said investors awaited the and industrial inflation data due to be announced in the evening which is expected to give direction to the central bank's next course of action on raising interest rates.

The wider Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange held the 10,500-mark and closed higher by 84.80 points or 0.81 per cent at 10,539.75 points.

On the BSE, the barometer 30-scrip Sensitive (Sensex) closed at 34,300.47 points -- up 294.71 points or 0.87 per cent from its previous close.

The Sensex touched a high of 34,351.34 points and a low of 34,115.12 points during the intra-day trade.

The market breadth was bullish as 2,050 stocks advanced as against 764 declines.

In terms of the broader markets, the mid-cap edged higher by 1.31 per cent and the small-cap by 1.60 per cent.

"Markets bounced back on Monday after the correction seen on last Friday. The gains came on the back of strong global cues," Dhruv Desai, of Tradebulls, told IANS.

"Asian markets closed on a positive note, barring the Hang Seng index. European indices like FTSE 100, DAX and traded in the green," he added.

Last week on Friday, the key equities had plunged into the negative territory amid a global sell-off, with the Sensex shedding 407.40 points or 1.18 per cent and the Nifty50 was down 121.90 points.

Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services, said: "On Monday, market reversed from previous day's losses owing to positive global cues and expectation of marginal decline in January CPI (Consumer Price inflation) inflation today."

"Mid and small-caps outperformed the benchmark indices as investors start accumulating the over sold stocks. The is forecast to improve in the long-term with strong earnings growth which is likely to provide a safety to the ongoing consolidation," he added.

The (CSO) is slated to release the macro-economic data points of the CPI and IIP (Index of Industrial Production) on Monday evening.

On the currency front, the Indian rupee strengthened by nine paise to close at 64.31 against the US dollar from its previous close at 64.40.

In terms of investments, provisional data with the exchanges showed that foreign institutional investors sold scrips worth Rs 814.11 crore while domestic institutional investors bought stocks worth Rs 1,342.70 crore.

Sectorwise, the capital goods index surged by 317.88 points, followed by auto index by 266.55 points and banking index by 197.62 points.

On the other hand, the index edged lower by 52.47 points and the (technology, media and entertainment) index by 22.59 points.

Sensex gainers on Monday were: Tata Steel, up 4.22 per cent at Rs 712.50; Yes Bank, up 2.89 per cent at Rs 334.95; Power Grid, up 2.51 per cent at Rs 198.05; IndusInd Bank, up 2.12 per cent at Rs 1,686.45; and Hero MotoCorp, up 1.94 per cent at Rs 3,615.

Sensex losers were: State of India, down 2.67 per cent at Rs 288.50; Infosys, down 0.72 per cent at Rs 1,103.80; ITC, down 0.53 per cent at Rs 269.85; Mahindra and Mahindra, down 0.43 per cent at Rs 746.70; and ICICI Bank, down 0.23 per cent at Rs 326.

The Indian equity markets will remain closed on Tuesday (February 13) for Mahashivratri.

--IANS

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 17:34 IST
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