Indian markets wrapped up the week in style on Friday with the Sensex zooming to a new closing high of21,919.79 and the Nifty galloping to yet another record close of 6,526.65 as FIIs continued to repose faith in an economy that is showing signs of stability ahead of general elections.
A sharp drop in current account deficit (CAD) and easing inflation bolstered expectations that the economy will see a turn around soon, amid hopes for a strong mandate for the newly elected government after polls next month, said traders.
Investor wealth ballooned by Rs 85,000 crore on Friday. Aggressive buying by Foreign Institutional Investors(FIIs) mainly helped the benchmark indices rise for the fourthday in a row. On Thursday, they bought shares worth Rs 1,272.93 crore as per provisional data.
The BSE 30-share indicator resumed better and gradually improved further to a lifetime intra-day high of 21,960.89before settling at 21,919.79, exhibiting a sharp rise of 405.92 points or 1.89 per cent. During the week, the Sensex has seen a spurt of nearly 800 points or 3.79 per cent.
On Thursday, it had closed at 21,513.87, surpassing previous closing high of 21,373.66 set on January 23, 2014. BHEL, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank and Reliance Industries led the 22 gainers in Sensex. Realty, banking, capital goods and refinery counters saw heavy demand.
The NSE 50-issue CNX Nifty also flared up by 125.50 points, or 1.96 per cent, to end at a new closing high of 6,526.65. It today hit a lifetime high of 6,537.80, crossing its previous record of 6,415.25 hit on December 9, 2013.
IT and pharma stocks ended weak amid strength in rupee. Finance Minister P Chidambaram today said the fiscal and current account deficits are under control and the economy is more stable than it was 18 months ago.
“After seven years, Nifty is walking comfortably into new highs. The current conditions are extremely conducive after a long time. Apart from the big political event in two months, corporate earnings are more important,” said Raamdeo Agrawal, Joint MD, Motilal Oswal Financial Services. Overall market breadth was marginally negative as small-cap and mid-cap stocks attracted profit-booking.
Jignesh Chaudhary, Head of Research, Veracity Broking Services said: “Indian markets on a roll and are aiming to reach newer highs in the next few trading sessions before elections…the easing of military tension in the Eastern European region has given a reasonable cheer to the European and other global markets, which also had a positive effect.”
Asian shares closed mixed with downward bias ahead of the US non-farm payrolls report later for confirmation of US employment data. Key indices from China, Hong Kong and South Korea closed down while from Japan and Singapore finished up. Taiwan index closed almost unchanged.
European markets, however, were trading lower. The CAC was down by 0.29 per cent, the DAX by 1.00 per cent and the FTSE by 0.54 per cent.
Back home, 22 scrips out of 30-share Sensex ended higher while remaining eight closed lower. Major gainers from the Sensex were BHEL 6.31 per cent, ICICI Bank 5.97 per cent, Axis Bank 5.92 per cent, RIL 5.72 per cent, Bharti Airtel 5.46 per cent, HDFC Bank 5.31 per cent and Maruti Suzuki 5.21 per cent.
L&T 4.86 per cent, SBI 4.60 per cent, Hindalco 3.53 per cent, Coal India 2.94 per cent, M&M 2.67 per cent, ONGC 2.09 per cent, Tata Steel 1.66 per cent, HDFC 1.36 per cent and Gail India 1.09 per cent were among major Sensex winners.
However, Dr Reddy’s Lab dropped by 3.59 per cent, Wipro 3.25 per cent, Infosys 2.47 per cent and Sun Pharma 1.43 per cent among notable laggards. Among the S&P BSE Sectoral indices, Realty shot up by 5.40 per cent, followed by Bankex 5.35 per cent, Capital Goods 4.05 per cent, Oil&Gas 3.65 per cent, Power 1.81 per cent and Metal 1.66 per cent.
However, Healthcare dropped 2.02 per cent, IT 1.97 per cent and Teck 1.16 per cent. Reflecting the fall in second-line stocks, total market breadth turned negative as 1,447 stocks closed in the red while 1,372 concluded in the green. Total turnover rose further to Rs 3,408.88 crore from Rs 2,692.06 crore on Thursday.