Sensex soars over 400 points, Nifty reclaims 11,500-mark on robust buying in banking, finance, telecom and IT stocks

Mumbai: BSE benchmark Sensex zoomed over 400 points while the NSE Nifty reclaimed the 11,500 mark on Thursday on robust buying in banking, finance, telecom and IT stocks.

Heavy short-covering on expiry of March series futures and options (F&O) contracts buoyed investor sentiment, analysts said.

The 30-share Sensex, after a positive start at 38,208.30, stayed in the green throughout the session, with buying pace gathering momentum towards the end. It finally finished at 38,545.72, showing a gain of 412.84 points or 1.08 percent.

The broader NSE Nifty settled at 11,570, higher by 124.95 points or 1.09 percent.

 Sensex soars over 400 points, Nifty reclaims 11,500-mark on robust buying in banking, finance, telecom and IT stocks

Bombay Stock Exchange. Reuters

In the Sensex pack, gainers included HCL Tech, SBI, ITC, Bharti Airtel, Sun Pharma, Yes Bank, Axis Bank, TCS, Asian Paints, ICICI Bank, TCS, Bajaj Finance and Infosys, jumping up to 3.84 percent.

On the other hand, Tata Steel, ONGC, Bajaj Auto, PowerGrid, M&M and Hero MotoCorp fell up to 1.73 percent.

On a net basis, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) bought shares worth Rs 1,481.11 crore on Wednesday, and domestic institutional investors (DIIs) were net buyers to the tune of Rs 134.92 crore, provisional data available with the BSE showed.

The rupee, meanwhile, depreciated 11 paise against the US dollar to 68.99 (intra-day).

Elsewhere in Asia, Hong Kong's Hang Seng climbed 0.16 percent, while Japan's Nikkei fell 1.61 percent, Shanghai Composite Index declined 0.92 percent and Korea's Kospi slipped 0.82 percent.

In the Eurozone, Frankfurt's DAX gained 0.50 percent and Paris CAC 40 was up 0.35 percent in morning trade. London's FTSE too jumped 0.73 percent.

The benchmark Brent crude futures were trading lower by 0.37 per cent at USD 67.58 per barrel.

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Updated Date: Mar 28, 2019 16:59:00 IST