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RBI, Govt measures push Sensex by over 441 pts in early trade

business Updated: Dec 08, 2008 11:02 IST

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The benchmark Sensex on Monday surged by over 441 points in early trade on heavy buying by funds and retailers, sparked off by RBI's announcement of fresh bouquet of measures to infuse more liquidity and government's over Rs 30,000-crore package to boost a slowing down economy.

The 30-share index, which had lost 264.55 points in the last session, shot up by 441.06 points, or 4.91 per cent at 9,406.26 on renewed buying in the stocks of realty, capital goods, auto, metals, banking, and oil and gas sectors.

The wide-based National Stock Exchange's Nifty also rose by 126.75 points, or 4.66 per cent, at 2,841.15 points.

Appreciating Indian rupee, which strengthened by 35 paise to 49.22 a dollar today, also had a positive impact on the trading.

The sentiments turned bullish after the Reserve Bank of India cut key short-term lending and borrowing rates by 100 basis points each and pumped in Rs 11,000 crore for housing and mirco industries to propel economic growth.

Analysts said expectations that rate cut would improve much needed liquidity in the financial sector and government's bailout package would generate demand, triggered an all-round buying by funds.

They said realty and capital goods sector stocks were leading the rally, providing a major support to the Sensex.

Realty sector stocks were top gainers in early trading, with the sector indice rising by 6.69 per cent at 1,805.34, followed by capital goods index that rose 4.81 per cent at 6,716.82.