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Sensex climbs 74 pts in opening trade

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The rose 74 points early today on buying pick-up as investors shrugged off weak Asian cues after the US Fed hiked its key rate.

An appreciating rupee brought more cheer.

The 30-share index, which had gained 60.21 points in the previous two sessions, added 73.53 points, or 0.23 per cent, at 31,229.44.

Counters such as realty, and gas, auto, healthcare and FMCG traded positive.

The too edged up by 3.25 points, or 0.03 per cent, at 9,621.40.

But caution set in after the Federal Reserve raised by 25 bps and announced its plans to start paring its bond holdings.

Major gainers that supported the indices were Bharti Airtel, Adani Ports, NTPC, Dr Reddy's, Cipla, Hero MotoCorp, RIL, and Hind Unilever, rising by up to 1.37 per cent.

Traders said building of fresh long positions amid continued buying by domestic institutional investors (DIIs) kept bullish sentiment intact.

The DIIs bought worth a net Rs 71.65 crore while foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold worth Rs 161.13 crore yesterday, as per provisional data.

Japan's Nikkei fell 0.43 per cent while Shanghai Composite shed 0.05 per cent in the initial session today. Hong Kong too declined 0.98 per cent.

The US Dow Jones Industrial Average scaled new highs by ending 0.22 per cent yesterday.

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First Published: Thu, June 15 2017. 10:07 IST