Sensex scales new life-time high, edge past 31,500 as bad loan recovery fight buoys sentiment

Capitalising on a firm start, the BSE Sensex advanced further in mid-morning trade Thursday, rising 222.20 points to scale a new all-time high of 31,508.84, as market participants were optimistic about a slew of steps undertaken by regulator Sebi to make markets more attractive for investments.

While domestic equity indices showed strong upward bias, other Asian gauges remained mixed.



The 30-share index was up 220.49 points or 0.7 percent at 31,504.13. Realty, metal, power and auto were in the positive zone, rising by over 1.5 percent.

The gauge had lost 27.93 points in the previous two sessions.

The NSE Nifty also moved up by 57.60 points, or 0.6 percent, to 9,691.20.

Among a host of key decisions yesterday, Sebi relaxed its takeover norms for restructuring listed companies with stressed assets, which is expected to bolster efforts in fight against bad loans.

Some short covering helped stocks too bounce back.

Major contributors to the recovery were HDFC Ltd, PowerGrid, Asian Paints, Tata Motors, Tata Motors DVR, Sun Pharma and Axis Bank, gaining up to 1.37 percent.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 0.18 percent while Shanghai Composite rose 0.72 percent in early trade today. Japan's Nikkei fell 0.10 percent.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.27 percent down yesterday.

With agency inputs

Updated Date: Jun 22, 2017 11:58 AM

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