Sensex jumps 800 points, Nifty rises to 17,206 after US Fed decision
Mar 17, 2022
NEW DELHI : The Sensex and Nifty extended gains to climb more than 1 per cent in early morning trade on Friday, helped by heavyweight financial stocks, as markets tracked broad-based jumps across global markets after the US Federal Reserve raised rates.
While the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex added 1.41 per cent or 801.89 points to 57,618.54, the blue-chip NSE Nifty 50 index rose 1.36 per cent or 230.80 points to 17,206.15.
Wall Street climbed overnight while Asian shares rallied strongly, after the Fed on Wednesday increased rates by an expected quarter point while signalling equivalent hikes at every meeting for the rest of the year.
Domestic equities have been helped this week by falling oil prices that have allayed inflation fears, progress in Russia-Ukraine talks, and more relaxations to COVID-19 curbs such as reopening of schools amid an expanded vaccination drive for children.
In Mumbai trading, the Nifty Financial Services Index added 2.06 per cent. Non-banking financial firm HDFC Ltd and private-sector lender Axis Bank were the top percentage gainers on the Nifty 50.
Jindal Poly Films Ltd rose 6.8 per cent after the company said it will sell a minority stake in its flagship packaging films business to Canada's Brookfield Asset Management.