Stock Market Today LIVE Updates: Bourses erase early gains; Sensex slips 250 points, Nifty below 9,000-mark; bank stocks in green
Stock Market Today Latest Updates: The market rebounded in the early morning trade as Sensex soared 843.55 points or 2.82 percent to 30,737.51 while the broader Nifty was up 240.45 points or 2.75 percent at 8,989.20 at around 10.15 am.
Maruti and Hero MotoCorp were the top gainers in the Sensex pack.
Bourses erase early gains; Sensex slips 250 points, Nifty below 9,000-mark; bank stocks in green.
Meanwhile, Asian shares were poised to track Wall Street’s gains on Thursday on hopes the coronavirus pandemic is nearing a peak and that governments would roll out more stimulus measures.
Rising US stocks on Wednesday had lifted the MSCI’s index of global equities more than 2 percent despite pressure on European shares after euro zone finance ministers failed to agree on more support for their coronavirus-hit economies.
US President Donald Trump said he would like to reopen the US economy with a “big bang” but that the death toll from the coronavirus first needs to be on the down slope.
On Thursday, Hong Kong futures rose and Australian shares were set to open higher. Nikkei futures rose and were trading above the Nikkei 225 index's previous close.
Oil prices surged in early trade ahead of a crucial meeting of oil-producing countries.
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Wall Street has rallied on Trump’s optimism though recent US data is only now beginning to reflect the damage to businesses and the massive job losses to come.
In a sign of the pandemic’s likely impact, McDonald’s Corp global comparable sales tumbled 22.2 percent in March. Starbucks Corp on Wednesday forecast a 47 percent drop in second-quarter earnings and warned that the financial hit from the coronavirus pandemic would extend into the end of the fiscal 2020.
The pandemic is still infecting and killing large numbers of people across Europe and there is still no sign that the peak of the region’s outbreak has been reached, the EU’s disease monitoring agency said.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 779.71 points, or 3.44 percent, to 23,433.57, the S&P 500 gained 90.57 points, or 3.41 percent, to 2,749.98 and the Nasdaq Composite added 203.64 points, or 2.58 percent, to 8,090.90.
The Trump administration this week asked lawmakers for an additional $250 billion in emergency economic aid for small U.S. businesses reeling from the impact of the outbreak.
But Congressional efforts were stalling as Democrats said they would only back a $250-billion measure that was coupled with similar amounts of aid for hospitals and local governments.
The novel coronavirus has infected more than 1.4 million people and killed over 83,000 globally, the latest figures compiled by Reuters show.
Hospitalisations for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, seemed to be levelling off in New York state, the US epicenter for the disease, even as US deaths topped 14,600, the second-highest reported number in the world after Italy.
Wuhan, the Chinese city where the new coronavirus emerged, ended its more-than two-month lockdown on Wednesday.