It was a spectacular rally in late trade Thursday as the Sensex surged 375 points and the Nifty reclaimed 10,100 level intraday, backed by Reliance Industries, private banks, FMCG and metals stocks. The broader markets also participated in the rally, rising for the second consecutive session.
Investors looked for more cues from macro data – September CPI inflation and August industrial output – due later today.
Benchmark indices ended at 3-week closing highs. The 30-share BSE Sensex rallied 348.23 points or 1.09 percent to 32,182.22 and the 50-share NSE Nifty gained 111.60 points or 1.12 percent at 10,096.40.
The BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices rose 1 percent each on positive market breadth. About two shares advanced for every share falling on the BSE.
All sectoral indices barring PSU Bank closed higher. The Nifty Bank, Auto, FMCG, Metal and Pharma indices gained 1-2 percent, followed by IT with 0.9 percent. However, PSU Bank index was flat with a negative bias.
Reliance Industries rallied 3.88 percent ahead of earnings on Friday after market hours.
Bharti Infratel continued its run, up 5.2 percent. On Wednesday, a media report indicated that KKR-led consortium of funds are looking to buy Bharti Infratel and Indus Towers for USD 11 billion.
Sun Pharma was up 2.5 percent on receiving establishment inspection report from USFDA for Dadra Facility.
TCS was up 2 percent ahead of earnings later today.
IndusInd Bank was up 1.5 percent after Q2 numbers matched analysts’ expectations and stable asset quality. Slippages were lower compared with previous quarter. The bank will hold a board meeting on Saturday to consider strategic combination & also issue of warrants to promoters on preferential basis.
Bharat Financial hit Rs 1,000 per share intraday, up 3 percent at close.
Claris Lifesciences fell 9 percent after board decided to evaluate sharing cash with shareholders via dividend/buyback. Cadila Healthcare was up 2 percent after Zydus received US FDA nod for Desvenlafaxine tablets.
Prakash Industries gained 4.8 percent as company secured additional coal linkages of 2.1 lakh tonne per year for 5 years. Man Industries was up 20 percent on bagging order worth Rs 930 crore from GAIL.
DB Realty was down 3.7 percent as LIC Housing Finance filed insolvency plea against the company in National Company Law Tribunal.
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