Sensex extends gains, up 208 points in early trade

MUMBAI: Extending its post-RBI policy rally, the BSE Sensex spurted 208 points in opening trade on widespread buying, with banking, metal and realty sectors leading the gains.

The benchmark had rallied 276 points on Wednesday after the RBI hiked the policy rate after a four-year pause on inflation concerns but maintained its neutral stance.

The central bank also retained its GDP growth forecast for 2018-19 at 7.4 % on hopes of higher investments and consumption.

The 30-share index was trading higher by 207.83 points, or 0.59 % at 35,386.71.

All the sectoral indices were trading in the green. Realty, infrastructure, bankex, IT, capital goods, auto, FMCG, healthcare and oil & gas advanced up to 1.16 %.

Also, the NSE Nifty jumped 72.95 points or 0.68 % to 10,757.60.

Major gainers were ICICI Bank, Infosys, ONGC, M&M, Yes Bank, Tata Steel, Hindustan Unilever, Wipro, Axis Bank, Bajaj Auto, RIL, Asian Paints, L&T, Kotak Bank, Tata Motors and HDFC Ltd, gaining up to 1.66 %.

Brokers said sustained buying by domestic institutional investors (DIIs) and a firm trend at other Asian bourses supported the market sentiment.

DIIs had net bought shares worth ₹712.31 crore, while foreign funds sold shares to the tune of ₹81.40 crore yesterday, provisional exchange data showed.

Asian shares rose following overnight gains on Wall Street, supported by strong economic fundamentals, while expectations that the European Central Bank could start to wind down its stimulus boosted the euro and global bond yields.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng was up 0.60 % while Japan's Nikkei gained 0.96 % in early trade today. Shanghai Composite Index was up by 0.16 %.

The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 1.40 % higher yesterday.

 

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