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Sensex surges by 467 pts; L&T zooms 6.40%

business Updated: Jun 03, 2014 00:08 IST

The BSE benchmark Sensex on Monday surged by 467 points, the biggest gain in the past three weeks, taking cues from strong global trends, a day before the RBI's monetary policy review which is widely expected to hold rates.

Brokers also attributed the rally to slight improvement in HSBC Indian Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI), a measure of factory production, in May.

"The bullish undertone in Indian equities has continued as markets have been rising in anticipation that the present government has the wherewithal to turn around the sagging economy," said Sanjeev Zarbade, Vice President, Private Client Group Research, Kotak Securities.

Overlooking the GDP data released on last Friday, the 30-share BSE barometer resumed the day strong and soared further to finish one week high of 24,684.85, a rise of 467.51 points or 1.93% from its previous close.

The 50-issue NSE Nifty flared up by 132.55 points or 1.83% to end at 7,362.50.

Construction and engineering giant L&T was the top Sensex gainer at 6.23% after the company announced better-than-expected Q4 results last week-end.

Among BSE sectoral indices, consumer goods flared up by 4.93%, Oil&Gas by 2.85%, power 2.38%, metal 1.86% and realty 1.43%.

Banking stocks notched up smart gains ahead of the Reserve BanK of India's (RBI) monetary policy review tomorrow.

"Initially, buoyancy on global front provided the needed push and some support also came in from reports that FIIs bought shares worth a net Rs 2,977.62 crore on May 30, 2014, as per provisional data from the stock exchanges," said Jayant Manglik, President, Retail Distribution, Religare Securities.

Globally, Asian stocks advanced today after a gauge of China's manufacturing expanded at the fastest pace this year. Key benchmark indices in Japan, Singapore and South Korea closed in the green, while China, Hong Kong and Taiwan markets were closed today for a holiday.

Jignesh Chaudhary, Head of Research, Veracity Broking Services, said: "Local equities traded strong with the help of some blue-chip companies like L&T and SBI gained on hopes that the RBI may start cutting rates sooner than expected and some hint will be given this week."