Stocks extended gains and hit fresh intraday high in mid-afternoon trade. At 14:23 IST, the barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, was up 285.51 points or 0.8% at 35,943.37. The Nifty 50 index was up 76.75 points or 0.71% at 10,849.40. Most capital goods stocks rose. Power generation stocks rose. Upbeat global stocks boosted sentiment on the domestic bourses.
Trading for the week began on a firm note as key benchmark indices saw gap-up opening on positive Asian stocks. Stocks trimmed gains in morning trade after an initial upmove. Fresh buying in index pivotals propelled the key benchmark indices near day's high in early afternoon trade. Key benchmark indices were trading firm in afternoon trade.
The market breadth, indicating the overall health of the market, was strong. On the BSE, 1690 shares rose and 859 shares fell. A total of 123 shares were unchanged.
Software major TCS dropped 1.23% to Rs 1,889.80
Most capital goods stocks rose. ABB India (up 2.55%), BEML (up 0.23%), L&T (up 1.67%), Punj Lloyd (up 1.64%), Siemens (up 1.05%) and Thermax (up 1.27%) rose. Bharat Heavy Electricals (Bhel) (down 0.07%) and Bharat Electronics (down 1.71%) fell.
Power generation stocks rose. Reliance Infrastructure (up 3.86%), Tata Power Company (up 1.81%), CESC (up 1.77%), NTPC (up 0.6%), Torrent Power (1.96%), Reliance Power (up 2.42%), NHPC (up 2.78%), Jaiprakash Power Ventures (up 4.24%), JSW Energy (up 1.65%) edged higher.
PSP Projects rose 2.55% after the company said it won orders worth Rs 52.07 crore from various clients for industrial, institutional and residential projects. The announcement was made during trading hours today, 9 July 2018.
In Europe, investors reacted to news that the UK's chief Brexit negotiator has resigned from his post after disagreements with the rest of the UK government and in particular the prime minister. Theresa May reached a compromise Friday to go ahead with a plan that would mean the country had the closest possible ties with the EU. May is due to address the House of Commons on Monday.
Meanwhile, in Germany, data showed exports rising in May, widening the trade surplus, despite ongoing trade frictions with the United States.
US stocks closed solidly higher on Friday, 6 July 2018, after a read on the labor market came in stronger than expected, supporting the thesis that economic fundamentals remain healthy despite trade-war anxieties.
On the economic data front, the US created 213,000 new jobs in June, while the readings for May and April were also revised higher. Separately, the unemployment rate rose to 4% from 3.8%. Meanwhile, the nation's trade deficit shrank 6.6% in May to a 19-month low.
On the political front, the Trump administration officially imposed tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese imports at midnight Eastern Time, and Beijing implemented tariffs on the same value in US goods, as promised.
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