Sensex rebounds 568 points to jump most since Jan 2015, Rupee up 16 paise

  • PTI, Mumbai
  • Updated: Feb 15, 2016 19:56 IST
Sensex surged over 400 points to rise above 23,000-mark while rupee strengthened by 11 paise to 68.12 against the dollar in early trade on Monday.

In a major bounce back, the market benchmark Sensex on Monday zoomed by 568 points to 23,554.12 --its biggest single-day gain in more than a year -- as domestic investors heavily bought into recently battered banking stocks amid sharp recovery in Asian indexes.

Domestic Institutional Investors (DIIs) were net buyers as they bought shares worth nearly Rs 2,000 crore, while Foreign Portfolio Investment (FPIs) offloaded shares amounting Rs 1,300 crore, provisional data showed.

The index had risen by 728.73 points on January 15, 2015 after Reserve Bank effected a surprise 25-basis point rate cut, the first of the four policy cuts last year.

Monday’s rise is the second-biggest single-day gain logged during the tenure of current BJP-led NDA government since coming into power in May 2014.

“Finance Minister’s hints on big banking reforms added more legs to the short covering seen on Friday, following a week-long sharp and sustained sell-off,” said Anand James, Co Head Technical Research Desk at Geojit BNP Paribas.

Market mood changed for the better after Asia rebounded from recent weakness as fears over global economic slowdown eased and crude prices rallied. China’s central bank also fixed the yuan higher as the nation returned from a week-long holiday.

The Sensex resumed higher at 23,223.43 and firmed up to 23,622.64 before settling at 23,554.12 points -- showing a rise of 568 points or 2.47%.

The 50-issue NSE Nifty after reclaiming 7,100, advanced to hit the day’s high of 7,182.80 points, finally settling 182 points or 2.61% higher at 7,162.95.

In a bloodbath, both the indexes had posted their worst weekly performance since July 2009 with the Sensex falling 1,631 points and Nifty down 508.15 points.

On macro front, the inflation based on Wholesale Price Index (WPI) for January was at (-)0.9% compared with (-)0.73% a month earlier.

Besides, data released after market hours on Friday showed that industrial production declined for a second straight month, recording a decline of 1.34% in December.

Shares of country’s biggest lender, SBI rebounded 7.94% to Rs 167.25 on value-buying. Shares of state-run Bank of Baroda too zoomed over 22% despite the lender recording the country’s highest-ever quarterly loss.

In overseas markets, Asian stocks ended mostly higher. Japan’s Nikkei settled higher with gains of 7.16%.

However, China’s Shanghai Composite settled 0.63% lower after trading resumed after a week-long holiday. Other indexes like Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong rose between 0.04% to 3.27%.

Europe was also in better with markets in France, Germany and the UK higher by up to 3.5%.

The rupee strengthened further against the American currency by surging 16 paise to end at 68.07 on fresh selling of dollars by banks and exporters on the back of a sharp recovery in the equity market despite higher greenback overseas.

The rupee resumed higher at 68.20 per dollar as against the last Friday’s closing of 68.23 at the Interbank Foreign Exchange (Forex) market and dropped further to 68.01 before concluding at 68.07, showing a gain of 16 paise or 0.23 per cent.

The rupee has gained by 23 paise or 0.34% in two days.

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