Sensex rallies over 300 points, Nifty reclaims 10,800-level on global cues, foreign fund inflow; HDFC, Reliance among top gainers

Mumbai: The BSE benchmark Sensex Friday rallied over 300 points and NSE Nifty reclaimed the 10,800 mark on firm global cues, heavy foreign fund inflow and strengthening rupee.

Extending gains for the third session, the 30-share index was trading 306.16 points, or 0.86 percent, higher at 36,113.44.

The index had ended 157.34 points, or 0.44 percent, higher at 35,807.28 in the previous session Thursday.

The broader Nifty too jumped 86.75 points, or 0.80 percent, to 10,866.55 .

The gains on Dalal Street were led by pharma, auto, realty and financial stocks.

Top gainers include HDFC duo, Reliance Industries, ICICI Bank, L&T, ITC, HUL, SBI, TCS and Sun Pharma, rising up to 2 percent.

On the other hand, Coal India, NTPC and Hero MotoCorp were the top losers, falling up to 1 percent.

According to Rahul Mishra, AVP (Derivatives), Emkay Global Financial Services, markets have been very volatile through the month; state election, global cues and crude oil price movement have kept the market busy.

Representational image. Reuters.

Representational image. Reuters.

However, market has seen good recovery since Nifty hit the month's low on state election result day. Global cues provided good resistance, he said.

The rupee, meanwhile, strengthened against the US dollar, up 30 paise at 70.05 a dollar from its previous close.

Brent crude, the international benchmark, was up 1.63 percent at $ 53.59 per barrel. On a net basis, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) bought shares worth Rs 1,731.91 crore Wednesday, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) were net sellers to the tune of Rs 663.00 crore, provisional data available with BSE showed.

Elsewhere in Asia, Japan's Nikkei fell 0.47 percent, Hong Kong's Hang Seng was up 0.12 percent, Kospi gained 0.66 percent and Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.15 percent in early trade.

On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average index rose 260.37 points, or 1.14 percent, to 23,138.82 in its previous session Thursday.

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Updated Date: Dec 28, 2018 10:05:31 IST

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