Sensex surges over 300 points, Nifty climbs above 10,300 ahead of IIP, inflation data

Mumbai: The BSE Sensex surged over 300 points in early trade and the Nifty reclaimed the 10,300-level on fresh capital inflows by foreign funds ahead of key Index of Industrial Production (IIP) and inflation data to be released after market hours on Monday.

Asian markets too were trading in the green on strong cues from Wall Street after a better-than-expected US jobs report on Friday.

The 30-share Sensex rallied 301.55 points, or 0.90 percent, to 33,608.69 in opening trade. The index had lost 44.43 points in the previous session on Friday.

All the sectoral indices, led by IT, Teck, oil and gas, FMCG and realty sectors, were trading in the green with gains up to 1.24 percent.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The broader NSE Nifty rose 96.10 points, or 0.93 percent, to 10,322.95.

Major gainers were ITC, Tata Steel, Sun Pharma, Infosys, Wipro, Adani Ports, Bharti Airtel, HDFC, RIL, IndusInd Bank, M&M and L&T, rising up to 2.74.

Meanwhile, SBI dropped nearly 1 percent to Rs 250.80.

Brokers said fresh buying by investors and foreign funds amid a firm trend in other Asian bourses improved market sentiment.

The rupee too appreciated against the US dollar in opening trade.

On a net basis, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) bought shares worth Rs 550.36 crore while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) sold shares worth Rs 65.00 crore on Friday, provisional data showed.

In the Asian region, Hong Kong's Hang Seng was up 1.68 percent and Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.75 percent, while Japan Nikkei edged higher by 1.72 percent in early trade.

Meanwhile, the US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 1.77 percent higher on Friday.

Published Date: Mar 12, 2018 10:43 AM | Updated Date: Mar 12, 2018 10:43 AM

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