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Global cues, better Q4 results boost Indian equities (Market Review)

IANS  |  Mumbai 

Positive global cues including easing tensions between the US and along with encouraging quarterly earnings lifted the key Indian equity indices during the week-ended Friday.

However, according to market observers, market breadth on the indices was bearish in four out of the five trading days as caution prevailed among investors ahead of the assembly elections in

On a weekly basis, the barometer 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the rose by 620.41 points or 1.78 per cent to close at 35,535.79 points.

The wider Nifty50 of (NSE) closed trade at 10,806.50 points -- up 188.25 points or 1.77 per cent from its previous week's close.

"Markets ended with healthy gains this week helped by a smart surge towards the end of the week," Deepak Jasani, of Retail Research, told IANS.

He, however added, market breadth was negative in four out of the five trading sessions of the week.

"Sustained buying in index heavyweight stocks pushed the Sensex above the psychologically important 35,000 level. The Sensex and the Nifty, both, settled at their highest closing level in more than 14 weeks," said Rahul Sharma, Senior Research Analyst,

"However, small and mid-cap stocks underperformed the index," Sharma further told IANS, adding: "In fact, last week indices edged higher with lower volumes with foreign investors continuing sell in cash market and buying in the derivative markets."

"Sentiment got a boost after index heavyweights like ICICI Bank, came out with results that beat market expectations."

According to Prateek Jain, of Hem Securities: "Traders welcomed continued moves between the US and to reduce tensions in the region."

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"Mood remained upbeat despite rising and weakening Indian rupee against the US dollar," Jain added.

On the currency front, the rupee weakened by 46 paise to close at 67.33 against the dollar from its previous week's close at 66.87 per greenback.

In terms of investments, provisional figures from the stock exchanges showed that foreign institutional investors sold scrips worth Rs 2,126.74 crore, while the domestic institutional investors purchased stocks worth Rs 4,689.44 crore during the week.

Figures from the (NSDL) revealed that foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) divested equities worth Rs 2,678.35 crore, or $399.75 million, in the week ended May 11.

The top weekly Sensex gainers were: (up 9.97 per cent at Rs 311.10); Asian Paints (up 7.98 per cent at Rs 1,289.60); (up 6.32 per cent at Rs 553.20); (up 4.36 per cent at Rs 606.65); and (DVR) (up 4.14 per cent at Rs 194.90).

The major losers were: (down 9.04 per cent at Rs 471.85); (down 5.46 per cent at Rs 1,990.85); (down 2.75 per cent at Rs 385.70); (down 2.56 per cent at Rs 2,816.45); and NTPC (down 2.05 per cent at Rs 167.55 per share).

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First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 14:18 IST