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Sensex surges 575 points weekly, snaps 3-week losing streak

Markets snapped a three-week losing streak and surged 575 points on renewed buying by operators and investors, as crude oil prices fell after Iran agreed to curb its nuclear programme.

business Updated: Dec 01, 2013 02:30 IST

Markets snapped a three-week losing streak and surged 575 points on renewed buying by operators and investors, as crude oil prices fell after Iran agreed to curb its nuclear programme under an interim but key deal with major world powers to get limited relief from sanctions.

The government released GDP growth data for the July-September quarter after trading hours on Friday and hence its impact was not felt in the stock market.

The market was volatile during the week as traders rolled over positions in the futures and options segment from the near month November series to December. The November contract expired on November 28.

Shares of capital goods, banking, auto, power, PSU, realty, metal and FMCG sectors firmed up sharply on robust buying support.

The Sensex opened higher at 20,326.66 and shot up further to 20,819.77 before concluding at over one-week high of 20,791.93, posting a sharp gain of 574.54 points, or 2.84 %, over last weekend close.

The 30-share BSE benchmark index had lost 979.42 points, or 4.62%, in the last three weeks.

The NSE 50-share Nifty also rose by 180.65 points, or 3.01%, to 6,176.10. The key index had lost 311.75 points, or 4.94%, in the last three weeks.

Benchmark WTI and Brent crude oil prices fell after Iran agreed to limit its controversial atomic programme to get some relief from Western sanctions, raising the possibility that curbs on its oil exports would soon be lifted.

"Indian equity markets had a mixed trading session during the week before ending on a positive note after November F&O contract expiry on Thursday," Jignesh Chaudhary, Head (Marketing), Veracity Broking Services said.

"Markets started trading on a positive note buoyed by the positive news on Iran, which cooled down crude prices a bit leading to a cheer from market participants. Markets did see some correction in the mid-week owing to profit booking and looming expiry."

"The CNX Nifty is expected to trade in 6,150-6,265 range and Sensex in 20,500-21,520 range next week," he added.

Persistent capital inflows from foreign funds also boosted the market sentiment. Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) bought shares worth Rs 1,317.16 crore during the week under review, including the provisional figure of November 29, as per the data issued by the exchanges.

As many as 26 out of the 30 Sensex scrips ended in the green, while the rest logged losses, reflecting a broad-based buying.

Major gainers from the Sensex pack were BHEL (13.91%), L&T (8.23%), ONGC (7.31%), Tata Motors (6.79%), SSLT (4.96%), SBI (4.67%), ICICI Bank (4.54%), Bajaj Auto (4.29%), HUL (3.93%), Hindalco (3.81%), HDFC (3.80%), Jindal Steel (3.76%), HeroMoto (3.30%) and Tata Power (3.25%).

The losers were Bharti Airtel (down 2.72%), NTPC (2.16%), Wipro (1.46%) and Sun Pharma (0.54%).

Among the S&P BSE indices, capital goods rose 8.28 % followed by Bankex (4.33%), Auto (4.05%), Power (3.98%), PSU (3.56%), Realty (3.51%), Metal (3.44%), FMCG (3.08%) and Oil&Gas (2.74%).

The total turnover at BSE and NSE rose to Rs 11,911.78 crore and Rs 58,148.00 crore, respectively from Rs 9,680.45 crore and Rs 52,721.61 crore last week.

Forex: The Indian rupee continued its north-bound journey for the second week following sustained dollar selling by exporters and some banks amid firm local equities, closing higher by 43 paise at 62.44 against the Greenback.

Weak dollar overseas also aided the rupee rally while sustained foreign funds inflow restricted the rise to some extent, a forex dealer said.

At the Interbank Foreign Exchange (Forex) market, the domestic unit commenced higher at 62.67 a dollar from last weekend's close of 62.87 and immediately touched a low of 62.70.

However, it met with strong resistance and bounced back to a high of 62.14 before concluding the week at 62.44, showing a rise of 43 paise or 0.68%. Last week, it had gained by 24 paise or 0.38%.

The BSE benchmark Sensex snapped its three-week losing string and shot up by 574.54 points or 2.84% while FIIs injected $91.34 million on the first four days of the current week, as per Sebi data.

Meanwhile, exuding confidence that growth rate will climb to 6% next year, Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Friday said in next 6 months government will liberalise capital markets and financial sector to help economy return to high growth trajectory.

After sluggish growth in the first quarter, Indian economy grew by 4.8% in the second quarter this fiscal due to improved performance of farm, manufacturing, construction and services sectors. The country's gross domestic product (GDP) had expanded by 4.4% in the April-June quarter of this fiscal.

First Published: Nov 30, 2013 17:06 IST