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Sensex rebounds 361 points to close at 35,673 on positive global cues; Kotak Mahindra Bank shares up 9%

Mumbai: Benchmark indices broke their three-day falling streak on Friday driven by strength in global equities, sliding crude prices, recovering rupee and a surge in Kotak Bank shares on reports that Berkshire Hathaway was planning to pick up stake in the lender.

The BSE Sensex rallied 361.12 points, or 1.02 percent, to close at 35,673.25. Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty jumped 92.55 points, or 0.87 percent, to 10,693.70.

Kotak Mahindra Bank was the biggest gainer on both the indices, ending nearly 9 percent higher following reports that Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc was planning to pick up stake in the private sector lender.

Representative image. Reuters

Representative image. Reuters

According to media reports, Berkshire Hathaway may invest between $4 billion and $6 billion in the lender by buying promoter stake or through a preferential allotment.

Other gainers included Adani Ports, Bajaj Auto, Infosys, Asian Paints, Maruti, HUL, L&T, M&M, ICICI Bank and Reliance Industries, rising up to 3 percent.

Top losers were Sun Pharma, Coal India, Yes Bank, PowerGrid and NTPC, sliding up to 2 percent.

Investors also took positive cues from Asian and European equities after US Fed Chairman Jerome Powell signalled that the three-year tightening cycle was drawing to a close, and IMF chief Christine Lagarde said that the US was not likely to see an economic contraction in the near term.

The rupee appreciated by 24 paise to 70.66 against the US dollar in intra-day trade amid weakness in the greenback against some currencies overseas.

Oil prices eased further on worries that a meeting of Opec and non-Opec producers will not agree to a cut in output. Brent crude, the international benchmark, was trading 0.72 percent lower at $59.63 per barrel.

Meanwhile, on a net basis, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) bought shares worth Rs 72.47 crore on Thursday, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) were net sellers to the tune of Rs 389.78 crore, provisional data available with BSE showed.

Elsewhere in Asia, Korea's Kospi rose 0.34 percent, Japan's Nikkei gained 0.82 percent, Shanghai Composite Index edged 0.02 percent higher, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 0.35 percent.

In Europe, Frankfurt's DAX rose 0.85 percent and Paris' CAC 40 gained 1.40 percent in early deals. London's FTSE too jumped 1.53 percent.


Updated Date: Dec 07, 2018 16:00 PM

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