Market brimmed with confidence today as the Sensex breached the 32,000 mark again by climbing 276 points to bring up a nearly one-month closing high, with the focus clearly on key macroeconomic data. The broader NSE Nifty scaled a high of 10,097.55 before closing up 87 points — or 0.87 per cent — at 10,093.05, the highest closing since August 1 when it settled at 10,114.65.
July IIP data and retail inflation for August are slated for release later in the day. With this, both benchmarks extended the gains for the fourth day in a row.
Risk aversion was clearly relegated to the background after a rally in global markets as the US stocks hit a fresh record high yesterday on fading worries about North Korea and impact of Hurricane Irma on the US.
The BSE Sensex stayed above the base line throughout the session before settling higher by 276.50 points, or 0.87 per cent, at 32,158.66 on continuous inflow of funds by domestic institutional investors (DIIs). This is the highest closing since August 7 when the figure stood at 32,273.67. The index had rallied 220.19 points in the previous three sessions.
Covering up short positions at some counters by speculators fearing buying activity to pick up in coming session supported the upside, traders said. DIIs took shares worth a net Rs 877.37 crore while foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold equities of Rs 392.52 crore yesterday, showed provisional data.
Tata Steel broke free topping the gainers’ chart rallying 3.30 per cent to hit an over six-year high of Rs 683.15 after the company concluded a new agreement under which its UK business stands separated from the 15-billion pound British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS).
Sun Pharma, Tata Motors, Hindustan Unilever and M&M landed on the winning side. Coming to sectors, realty was in a sweet spot, up 2.11 per cent, followed by healthcare index, oil and gas and FMCG.
Broader markets turned green, with mid- and small-cap indices rising up to 1.08 per cent. Most Asian markets remained firm. European indices advanced in early trade on positive leads from Asia and a record close on Wall Street.