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Sensex, Nifty end at new highs on reforms, earnings push

Private sector lender Yes Bank emerged as top gainer by rising 2.85% after it reported 22% rise in net profit at Rs 1,076.87 crore during the third quarter ended December 2017.

business Updated: Jan 19, 2018 16:13 IST
Press Trust of India, Mumbai
The NSE Nifty too edged higher by 25.25 points, or 0.23%, to 10,842.25.(HT File Photo)

Benchmarks finished at record highs for the third straight session on Friday on widespread buying amid robust earnings by bluechips like HDFC Bank and ITC.

The BSE Sensex spurted 251.29 points to end at 35,511.58, while the broader NSE Nifty advanced 77.70 points to 10,894.70.

Investor sentiment got a leg-up after the GST Council Thursday cut tax rate on 29 goods and 54 categories of services.

Sustained buying by both foreign and domestic investors ensured ample liquidity in the system.

Opening higher, the 30-share Sensex surged to an all-time high of 35,542.17 on a string of encouraging earnings. It finally ended 251.29 points, or 0.71 per cent higher at 35,511.58 -- bettering its previous record closing of 35,260.29 hit yesterday.

The index has now rallied 740.53 points in three straight sessions.

The 50-share NSE Nifty settled higher by 77.70 points, or 0.72 per cent, at 10,894.70. The index surpassed its previous lifetime closing high of 10,817 recorded in yesterday’s session.

Intra-day, it touched an all-time high of 10,906.85, breaching the 10,900-mark for the first time.

It was the seventh week of gains in a row for the markets. The Sensex recorded a significant rise of 919.19 points, or 2.65 per cent while the Nifty gained 213.45 points, or 1.99 per cent, in the week.

First Published: Jan 19, 2018 10:41 IST