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Nifty sets new record at 11,500 mark, Sensex at all-time high

The Sensex advanced by 263.06 points, or 0.69%, to hit a new high of 38,210.94, breaking its previous record of 38,076.23 reached on August 9.

india Updated: Aug 20, 2018 10:04 IST
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The bull statue at the entrance of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) while celebrating the Sensex index rising to over 30,000, in Mumbai, on April 26, 2017. (Reuters File Photo)

Continuing its rally, the benchmark BSE Sensex rose over 250 points to hit a fresh record high in early trade, and NSE Nifty went past the 11,500-mark for the first time on Monday on widespread gains in capital goods, metal, realty and banking scrips amid firm Asian cues.

The Sensex advanced by 263.06 points, or 0.69%, to hit a new high of 38,210.94, breaking its previous record of 38,076.23 reached on August 9.

The gauge had gained 284.32 points in the previous session on Friday.

NSE Nifty too breached the 11,500 mark, by surging 46.50 points, or 0.40%, to 11,517.25, surging past its previous (intra-day) high of 11,495.20 on August 9.

Besides, fresh inflows by foreign funds and persistent buying by domestic institutional investors (DIIs) and rupee recovery also boosted investor sentiment here, brokers said.

The market rally was powered by strong gains in capital gods, metal, realty, infrastructure, PSU, oil and gas, healthcare, auto and banking stocks, rising up to 2.78%.

Major gainers that helped key indices scale new highs include L&T, ONGC, Yes Bank, Coal India, Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Wipro, Vedanta, SBI, RIL, HUL, HDFC Ltd, Hero MotoCorp and HDFC Bank, rising up to 4.17%.

Meanwhile, Infosys, Bharti Airtel, ITC and TCS were trading in the red, falling up to 2%.

Domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought shares worth a net of Rs 151.89 crore, while foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) bought shares worth a net of Rs 147.31 crore on Friday, provisional data showed.

Traders said positive cues from other Asian markets, tracking gains on the Wall Street fuelled by hopes for an easing of the trade row between the China and the US, influenced sentiments here.

Elsewhere in Asia, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.38%, while Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.15% in their early deals. Japan’s Nikkei, however, fell 0.33%.

The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.43% higher on Friday’s trade.

First Published: Aug 20, 2018 09:44 IST