Domestic stock markets resumed an upmove on Friday a day after benchmark indices halted a rally that lasted for eight sessions in a row. The S&P BSE Sensex index recovered 468.88 points from an intraday low of 43,053.37 to touch 43,522.25 on the upside in late afternoon deals. The broader NSE Nifty 50 benchmark moved in a 128.25-point range, between 12,607.70 and 12,735.95, compared to its previous close of 12,690.80. Both indices were on track for a second straight week of gains. Gains in heavyweights Reliance Industries and ICICI Bank offset helped the markets rebound.
The Sensex ended 85.81 points – or 0.20 per cent – higher at 43,443.00, and the Nifty settled at 12,719.95, up 29.15 points – or 0.23 per cent – from its previous close. (Track Sensex, Nifty Here)
Eicher Motors, Bajaj Finserv, Coal India, Tata Steel and Divi’s Labs, ending between 1.90 per cent and 7.46 per cent higher, were the top gainers in the 50-scrip Nifty basket.
On the other hand, Tata Motors, Larsen & Toubro, HDFC, HDFC Bank and UPL, down 0.93-3.34 per cent each, were the worst hit among 24 laggards in the index.
Reliance Industries, ICICI Bank and Axis Bank were the biggest boosts to Sensex.
Reliance Industries shares ended 0.82 per cent higher at Rs 1,996.20 apiece on the BSE, recovering from a 5 per cent drop in the last two sessions. The oil-to-telecoms conglomerate is the country’s most valuable company with a market capitalization of over Rs 13 lakh crore.
Consumer inflation in the country over 7 per cent in October for a second straight month and remained above the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) target range of 2-6 per cent, giving the central bank little room to cut rates.
On Thursday, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a third set of Atmanirbhar Bharat measures, worth Rs 2.65 lakh crore, aimed at rescuing the economy out of a historic contraction caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The latest measures take the total monetary and fiscal aid in the economy’s battle against COVID-19-led slowdown to Rs 29.88 lakh crore, or roughly 15 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), the Finance Minister said.
On the previous day, the government had announced production-linked incentives worth about Rs 2 lakh crore spread over five years for manufacturers in 10 sectors.
Stock markets elsewhere in Asia moved lower on Friday, following on from selloffs in the US and Europe as investors feared the economic impact of an accelerating rise in coronavirus infections.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asian shares outside Japan was last seen trading 0.25 per cent lower as shares across the region stumbled. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index was down 0.95 per cent.
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