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F&O expiry: Sensex up 110 pts, banks gain; Indiabulls Housing Fin zooms 25%

All that happened in markets today.

SI Reporter  | New Delhi 

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

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Equity market ended in the positive territory on Thursday - the last day of the November series of futures and options (F&O) contracts, led by ICICI Bank, Reliance Industries (RIL), TCS, and IndusInd Bank.

The S&P BSE Sensex added 110 points or 0.27 per cent to close at 41,130 levels - its fresh closing high. IndusInd Bank (up over 2.50 per cent) was the biggest gainer on the index while HeroMotoCorp (down 2 per cent) emerged as the top loser. Reliance Industries (RIL) today became the first Indian company to hit Rs 10 trillion market capitalisation. The stock hit a new high of Rs 1,584 on the BSE. 

On the NSE, the Nifty50 index closed at its fresh closing peak of 12,154 levels, up 54 points or 0.44 per cent. The Nifty Bank index ended at 32,124 levels, up 0.8 per cent. 

In the broader market, both mid and smallcap stocks outperformed the market. The Nifty Midcap 100 index gained 1 per cent to end at 17,207 and the Nifty SmallCap 100 index settled at 5,759, up 0.6 per cent. 

Sectorally, except auto stocks, all the indices on the NSE ended in the green. Nifty PSU Bank index surged 3.44 per cent to 2,716 levels, followed by Nifty Metal index, which gained nearly 2 per cent to 2,654 levels.

BUZZING STOCKS

Reliance Industries (RIL) on Thursday became the first Indian company to hit Rs 10 trillion market capitalisation (m-cap) after the stock price hit a new high of Rs 1,584 on the BSE. The oil-to-telecom conglomerate's m-cap zoomed to Rs 10,02,380 crore during the trade on the BSE. At close, the stock settled at Rs 1580, up over 0.65 per cent. 

Shares of Granules India climbed 6 per cent to hit a fresh 52-week high of Rs 135.85 on the BSE on report that private equities (PE) are eyeing controlling stake in the pharmaceutical company. At the close, the stock stood at Rs 129 apiece on the BSE, up 0.4 per cent. 

GLOBAL MARKETS

A four-day rally that had lifted world stocks to near-record highs stalled on Thursday as a US bill backing Hong Kong’s protesters became law, provoking China’s ire and threatening to derail an interim trade deal between Washington and Beijing. Besides, Japanese retail figures slumped the most since 2015 as a sales tax hike dragged on the economy, exacerbating a slowdown caused by slowing exports and manufacturing.

These developments took Asian shares excluding Japan down 0.2 per cent. Japan's Nikkei, Hong Kong's Hang Seng and Shanghai blue chips all closed weaker. A pan-European index opened 0.2 per cent lower, led by trade-sensitive sectors such as autos and tech.

In commodities, oil prices fell for a second day on Thursday after official data showed US crude and gasoline stocks rose. Fresh tensions between the US and China, too, weighed on it. 

(With inputs from Reuters)


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