Equity indices defied gravity for the fourth straight session to close at lifetime highs on Thursday, as FMCG and banking counters saw robust demand amid encouraging quarterly earnings.
Participants shrugged off weak Asian cues and kept accumulating stocks ahead of the RBI’s policy decision on Friday, said traders. After touching an all-time high of 50,687.51 during the day, the Sensex ended 358.54 points or 0.71 per cent at its new closing record of 50,614.29.
Similarly, the broader Nifty finished 105.70 points or 0.71 per cent higher at its closing peak of 14,895.65. It touched an all-time high of 14,913.70 during the session.
ITC was the top gainer in the Sensex pack, soaring 6.11 per cent, followed by SBI, Bajaj Finance, ONGC, M&M, Kotak Bank, Bajaj Finserv, NTPC and UltraTech Cement.
SBI climbed 5.73 per cent after the country's largest lender posted a standalone net profit of Rs 5,196.22 crore for the December quarter, down 7 per cent year-on-year but above street estimates. The laggards included Asian Paints, IndusInd Bank, Bharti Airtel, Tech Mahindra, Titan and Infosys, shedding up to 2.08 per cent.
“Domestic equities defied weak cues of Asian markets and extended gains for the fourth consecutive day as growing optimism about prospects of the economy post the bold Budget continued to attract investors,” said Binod Modi, Head (Strategy) at Reliance Securities.