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Markets continue record run; post sixth weekly gains

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Benchmarks ended at record highs for the second straight session today as investors remained hopeful of upbeat corporate earnings despite lacklustre numbers from

The gained 88.90 points to end at 34,592.39, while the broader finished at 10,681.25, up 30.05 points.

The indices suffered a bout of volatility mid-session following an unprecedented press conference by four senior judges of the Supreme where they mounted a virtual revolt against the and listed a litany of problems afflicting the country's highest

However, buying momentum resumed soon, which propelled the markets to record levels.

This was the sixth weekly gain in a row for the benchmarks. During the week, the gained 438.54 points, or 1.28 per cent, while the rose 122.40 points, or 1.15 per cent.

"The market reversed from intraday low amid concerns over administration of the apex which had resulted in a sentimental sell off.

"Positive trade in global market and expectation of revival in domestic earnings from H1FY18 is upholding the healthy sentiment. On the other hand, concern over December CPI inflation and increase in are likely to add volatility in the near term," said Vinod Nair, Head of Research,

After opening on a strong footing, the advanced to hit a fresh lifetime high of 34,638.42 on the back of continued buying by domestic funds and but later declined to 34,342.16.

It finally settled 88.90 points, or 0.26 per cent higher at 34,592.39, breaking its previous record closing of 34,503.49 hit in yesterday's trade.

The broader Nifty, after scaling an all-time high (intra-day) of 10,690.40 points, finished at 10,681.25, up 30.05 points, or 0.28 per cent.

It surpassed its previous record closing of 10,651.20 hit yesterday.

Domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought equities to the tune of Rs 770.02 crore, while foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth Rs 623.63 crore on net basis yesterday, provisional data showed.

slipped 0.56 per cent after the IT major yesterday reported a 3.6 per cent drop in net profit for the December quarter at Rs 6,531 crore.

However, Infosys, which announced its results after market hours today, posted a 38.3 per cent growth in consolidated net profit to Rs 5,129 crore for the October- December quarter of 2017-18.

In the Sensex kitty, emerged as the best performer with a rise of 2.63 per cent, followed by at 1.27 per cent.

Other prominent gainers included ONGC, RIL, Dr Reddy's, HDFC Ltd, L&T, IndusInd Bank, and M&M, rising by up to 1.26 per cent.

Sector-wise, the upmove was driven by (up 0.69 per cent), banking (0.50 per cent), capital goods (0.48 per cent), (0.45 per cent), auto (0.28 per cent), teck (0.14 per cent), infrastructure (0.14 per cent) and IT (0.03 per cent).

The small-cap index inched up 0.05 per cent as investors continued their buying activity but the mid-cap index ended 0.17 per cent lower.

Trading was brisk across Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 0.94 per cent while Composite gained 0.10 per cent. However, Japan's Nikkei shed 0.24 per cent.

European markets were higher in early trade, with Frankfurt's DAX rising 0.16 per cent and Paris up 0.3 per cent. London's FTSE too rose 0.04 per cent.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 17:25 IST