Mumbai: Driven by fall in crude prices and the recovery in rupee, the BSE Sensex on Friday posted its biggest single-day gain in 19 months, soaring over 700 points, as global markets rebounded after two straight sessions of losses.
The rupee strengthened 53 paise to 73.59 (intra-day) against the US dollar in the forex market.
Both indices ended the week higher for the first time in six weeks. During the period the Sensex climbed 366.59 points and Nifty rose 156.05 points.
After opening on strong footing, the Sensex advanced to hit a high of 34,808.42 on buying momentum after retail investors returned to the market.
It later gave up some of the gains, but still ended notably higher by 732.43 points, or 2.15 percent, at 34,733.58.
The index posted its biggest single-day gain since March 2017.
The broader Nifty ended the week at 10,472.50, up 237.85 points, or 2.32 percent. It touched a high of 10,492.45 points in day trade.
Investors lapped up recently-hammered auto, realty, metal, oil and gas, FMCG, banking, power, infrastructure, IT, auto, and capital goods stocks amid unabated funds inflow by domestic institutional investors (DIIs) ahead of the release of key IIP numbers for August and inflation data for September scheduled later in the day.
Bear operators, who had been creating short-positions in the past several sessions, were seen covering up positions, brokers said.
"The whiplash in equities this week continued as market rallied strongly, driven by a good start to earnings season by IT bellwether TCS, a drop in crude oil prices, a drop in gilt bond yields and a strengthening currency," said Sunil Sharma, Chief Investment Officer, Sanctum Wealth Management.
Market has been deeply oversold, and investors were additionally buoyed by news that inflows into equity... Foreign investor (FI) selling was offset by domestic buyers, he added.
Maruti Suzuki was the biggest gainer among Sensex scrips, rising 5.89 percent, followed by M&M up 5.29 percent.
Other auto stocks like Bajaj Auto, Hero MotoCorp and Tata Motors too rallied after industry body SIAM said domestic passenger vehicle sales rose 6.88 percent to 17,44,305 units in the first half of the current fiscal as compared with 16,32,006 units the same period of previous financial year.
Other prominent gainers included Kotak Bank, Coal India, IndusInd Bank, ITC, RIL, Tata Steel, Adani Ports, Asian Paint, Vedanta, ONGC, Yes Bank, HDFC, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, HUL, Bharti Airtel, PowerGrid, Wipro, L&T, Axis Bank, Infosys, NTPC and Sun Pharma, rising by up to 4.87 percent.
TCS was the top loser in the index, with shares falling 3.10 percent despite posting a record quarterly profit on Thursday, over margin concerns.
Shares of oil marketing companies such as HPCL, BPCL and IOC remained strong, rising up to 5.36 percent on falling global crude oil prices.
Aviation stocks including InterGlobe, Jet Airways and Spicejet also rose up to 6.03 percent, supported by easing crude prices.
Oil prices, after easing near 3 percent in the previous two days. Brent was trading marginally higher at USD 80.47 a barrel.
The BSE auto index took the pole position among sectoral indices, surging 4.01 percent.
Among other sectoral indices, metal index was up 3.83 percent, realty 3.53 percent, oil & gas 3.08 percent, infrastructure 2.99 percent, FMCG 2.77 percent, power 2.73 percent, bankex 2.44 percent, consumer durables 2.33 percent, PSU 1.99 percent, capital goods 1.42 percent and healthcare 0.73 percent.
However, IT and teck indices ended down by 0.79 percent and 0.50 percent, respectively.
The BSE mid-cap index ended higher by 2.63 percent and small-cap index was up 2.62 percent.
Besides positive factors such as falling crude oil prices and recovery in the rupee, rebound in other Asian markets and European bourses after two sessions of heavy losses, also boosted trading sentiment here, they said.
Trading was brisk across global markets. Hong Kong's Hang Seng surged 1.94 percent, Taiwan Stock Exchange rose 2.44 percent and Japan's Nikkei gained 0.46 percent. Shanghai Composite Index too gained 0.91 percent.
European markets also recovered, with Frankfurt's DAX rising 1.06 percent and Paris CAC 40 up 0.98 percent. London's FTSE rose 0.45 percent.
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Updated Date: Oct 12, 2018 18:35:14 IST