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Late buying helps Sensex jump 270 pts; RIL, ICICI Bank shine

The Nifty advanced 73.85 points or 0.34 per cent to 21,618.70.

Late buying helps Sensex jump 270 pts; RIL, ICICI Bank shine


MUMBAI: Equity benchmark indices Sensex and Nifty bounced back from intra-day lows to settle higher on Wednesday, supported by a fag-end buying in market heavyweights Reliance Industries, ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank.

Investors preferred to stay cautious ahead of macroeconomic data like IIP and inflation to be released this week, traders said.

After a muted opening, the BSE benchmark swung between gains and losses before settling 271.50 points or 0.38 per cent higher at 71,657.71. The index hit a low of 71,110.98 and a high of 71,733.84 during the session.

The Nifty advanced 73.85 points or 0.34 per cent to 21,618.70.

"The weakness in global indices continued to weigh down the domestic indices with every up move. The market is looking for fresh triggers for a direction, and the release of US and Indian inflation data may provide a near-term direction in the market.

"The investor's focus will be shifted to the earnings season, on a sequential basis, the earnings growth is likely to be lower, while the expectations for auto, capital goods, and cement will remain strong," said Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services.

Reliance Industries was the biggest gainer in the Sensex pack, rising 2.69 per cent, followed by HCL Tech, ICICI Bank, Tata Motors, Wipro, IndusInd Bank, JSW Steel, Wipro, Tata Consultancy Services and Titan.

In contrast, NTPC, Power Grid, UltraTech Cement, Axis Bank, Infosys and Nestle were the major laggards.

In the broader market, the BSE smallcap gauge climbed 0.35 per cent, and the midcap index advanced 0.23 per cent.

Among the sectoral indices, services, consumer discretionary, consumer durables, healthcare and industrials were among the gainers, while FMCG, telecommunication, utilities, realty and power were major laggards.

"Markets were extremely volatile but ended higher on selective buying in late trades as investors await the US inflation data on Thursday, which will provide some hint on Fed's interest rate decision going ahead.

"Helping positive sentiments were improving European stock markets in the backdrop of negative US Treasury bond yields, which were seen weighing on the US dollar," said Prashanth Tapse, Senior VP (Research), Mehta Equities Ltd.

In Asian markets, Tokyo settled in the green while Seoul, Shanghai and Hong Kong ended lower.

European markets were trading mostly in the green. The US markets ended mostly lower on Tuesday.

Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) offloaded equities worth Rs 990.90 crore on Tuesday, according to exchange data.

Global oil benchmark Brent crude dipped 0.19 per cent to USD 77.44 a barrel.

The BSE benchmark ended marginally higher by 30.99 points or 0.04 per cent at 71,386.21 on Tuesday. The Nifty ended 31.85 points or 0.15 per cent up at 21,544.85.

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