Nifty, Sensex rise ahead of derivatives expiry; investors turn focus on RBI policy meet for further cues

The Reserve Bank of India’s monetary policy decision is scheduled next week, where it is expected to slash rates to boost spending

Press Trust of India March 28, 2019 11:26:53 IST
Nifty, Sensex rise ahead of derivatives expiry; investors turn focus on RBI policy meet for further cues
  • India heads into general elections in less than two weeks, and the incumbent government is expected to return to power

  • Domestically, traders are also awaiting cues from the roll-over of monthly derivatives contracts later in the day

  • Nifty’s bank index ticked up as much as 0.56 percent, with State Bank of India rising 1.2 percent to its highest since 3 September

Shares rose ahead of the expiry of monthly derivatives contracts on Thursday, bolstered by IT and financial stocks, as investors turned their focus on a slew of events for further cues.

The Reserve Bank of India’s monetary policy decision is scheduled next week, where it is expected to slash rates to boost spending, while companies begin reporting their quarterly performances mid-April. Further, India heads into general elections in less than two weeks, and the incumbent government is expected to return to power.

“We are expecting a rate cut from the next policy meet. If it is a 50 bps cut then we may see a quantum jump in the market...and as we get closer to the polls, markets will remain in a range, we may not see any adverse effect,” said RK Gupta, managing director at Taurus Asset Management.

Nifty Sensex rise ahead of derivatives expiry investors turn focus on RBI policy meet for further cues

Representational image. Reuters.

“We are waiting for cues from the next corporate earnings. If the results don’t support high expectations, then we may see a correction before the polls.”

Domestically, traders are also awaiting cues from the roll-over of monthly derivatives contracts later in the day.

The broader NSE Nifty rose 0.49 percent to11,501.65 as of 0502 GMT.

The benchmark BSE Sensex gained 0.45 percent to 38,304.03.

Nifty’s bank index ticked up as much as 0.56 percent, with State Bank of India rising 1.2 percent to its highest since 3 September, and Housing Development Finance Corporation gaining as much as 1.46 percent.

Among IT stocks, HCL Technologies Ltd was the top gainer on the index, rising as much as 3.7 percent. Infosys Ltd advanced 2.1 percent while Tata Consultancy Services Ltd gained 1.9 percent.

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ld and Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd were among the top losers on the index.

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