Stock markets rose for the third day on Friday with the S&P BSE benchmark Sensex jumping 218.68 points to end at over two-week high of 18,619.72 after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assured that the rupee's decline will be addressed without capital controls or reversal of reforms.
The currency markets also appeared to strengthen with the rupee gaining over 50 paise to trade at 66.05/06 levels against the US dollar compared to yesterday's close of 66.55.
While the stock markets were volatile as the prime minister began his speech in the Parliament shortly after noon, share prices surged on heavy buying in the last 90 minutes of trade with sectors like consumer durables, healthcare, banking, IT and FMCG seeing good enquiries.
The 30-share Sensex ended at 18,619.72, up 218.68 points or 1.19 %, extending gains to the third session in which the index has rose over 650 points. Today is the highest close for Sensex since August 14 (19,367.59).
"The PM said once again that 1991 crisis will not be repeated and sub-3% GDP is very far from happening.
Market showed strength ahead of GDP numbers to be announced today. Oil prices eased as Syria crisis seems to be away," said Rakesh Goyal, Senior VP, Bonanza Portfolio Limited.
On similar lines, the Broad-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty rose by 62.75 points, or 1.16% to end at 5,471.80, after moving between 5,360.20 and 5,493.30.
Also, MCX-SX' SX40 index ended at 10,938.49, up 88.98 points.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also said the government will now have to undertake more difficult reforms, including reduction of subsidy and implementing GST, to put economy back on the path of stable, sustainable growth.
In the Sensex pack, the two most influential counters RIL rose by 0.73% to Rs 851.55 and TCS by 3.96% to Rs 2,023.15. Other major gainers were Cipla, Dr Reddy's Lab., Bajaj Auto, Hero Honda, HUL and SBI.
Sectorally, the consumer durable index gained the most by rising 1.90% to 5,615.79, followed by healthcare index by 1.59% to 8,965.59. Banking index rose by 1.59% to 10,304.35 and Information Technology index by 1.54% to 8,027.55.