Mumbai: Benchmark indices made an emphatic comeback on Wednesday after a six-session losing streak as investors piled into recently beaten down banking and financial stocks ahead of the earnings season.
The BSE Sensex surged 645.97 points or 1.72 percent to end at 38,177.95, while the broader NSE Nifty zoomed 186.90 points or 1.68 percent to 11,313.30.
After a cautious start, the key indices gained momentum in afternoon trade, led by banking, financial and telecom counters.
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Sentiment got a further boost after the Cabinet hiked the dearness allowance (DA) for central government employees, which is expected to prop up festive demand, analysts said.
On the Sensex chart, IndusInd Bank was the biggest gainer, spurting 5.45 percent, followed by Bharti Airtel, ICICI Bank, SBI, M&M, Kotak Bank, Tata Steel and HDFC Bank.
On the other hand, Yes Bank was the top loser with 5.26 percent decline. Other laggards were Hero MotoCorp, HCL Tech, ITC, TCS, Infosys, ONGC and Bajaj Auto, falling up to 2.65 to percent.
"Market recovered after many days of fall and rose comfortably above 11,300-level. Banks outperformed as sharp fall in bond yield is indicating further room for rate cuts which will improve liquidity and consumption story.
"Further, a 5 percent hike in DA by govt will add impetus to the festival demand. Going forward, the result season will dictate the market direction and investors are expecting some green shoots on account of festival demand and good monsoon," said Vinod Nair, Head of Research at Geojit Financial Services.
Sectorally, BSE Telecom emerged as the biggest gainer with a jump of 4.92 percent, followed by banking (3.67 percent), finance (2.84 percent), metal (2.12 percent), realty (1.99 percent), basic materials (1.95 percent) and energy (0.98 percent).
However, IT, consumer durables and teck lost up to 0.92 percent.
In the broader markets, the BSE Midcap index shot up 1.38 percent, while the smallcap gauge gained 0.66 percent.
The rupee was trading 3 paise lower at 70.98 against the US dollar (intra-day).
Brent futures, the global oil benchmark, rose 1.08 percent to $58.77 per barrel.
Asian markets were mixed following concerns over the US-China trade negotiations, while European bourses were trading higher in early deals as investors digested earnings data.
Updated Date: Oct 09, 2019 17:32:46 IST