Stocks continued their upward sprint for the third straight session on with benchmark Sensex galloping 255.08 points to 28,693.99 and Nifty surging 94.05 points to 8,588.25 as tumbling oil prices strengthened the case for a rate cut by the RBI next week.
Brent crude oil contracts for January settlement were trading around $72/barrel, the lowest level since August 2010. Falling oil price is good news for India, which imports 80% of its requirements. This will also help the country narrow its Current Account Deficit.
Stocks related to oil like oil marketing companies, airlines, paint makers attracted heavy buying interest.
Shares of banks, automobile makers and realty firms spurted on rising hopes of a rate cut on December 2.
Besides, select NBFCs saw heavy investor interest after RBI on Thursday unveiled final guidelines for small finance banks and payments banks.
All eyes are now on quarterly GDP data to be released later on Friday.
The BSE 30-share Sensex resumed better and shot up to log new life time high of 28,822.37. It shed some gains on weak European cues but nevertheless settled at yet another closing peak of 28,693.99, up 255.08 points or 0.90%.
In three days, the index has gained over 355 points. Similarly, the broader 50-issue NSE Nifty also flared up by 94.05 points, or 1.11%, to register fresh closing peak of 8,588.25. It also hit new intra-trade peak of 8,617. "Sentiments were buoyed by OPEC's decision to sustain production levels and the subsequent sharp fall in crude prices.
Markets are hoping for a rate cut in the RBI policy meeting next week," said Dipen Shah, Head of Private Client Group Research, Kotak Securities.
Meanwhile, total investor wealth in Indian stock market intra-day on Friday hit a record high above Rs 100 lakh crore. It settled at over Rs 99,81,550 crore at close, up by over Rs 87,550 crore from Thursday's levels.