With foreign fund inflows continuing unabatedly, the BSE benchmark Sensex scaled a new high for the fifth straight day today but ended a little lower at 22,339.97, which is its fresh closing record.
The NSE Nifty also shot up by 54.15 points to record closing high of 6,695.90, after hitting a life-time high of 6,702.60 intra-day.
The rally is stocks was also aided by strengthening rupee which rose to sub-60 level at 59.90 for the first time in eight months today.
After resuming the day better, the BSE 30-share barometer traded in the negative terrain for a brief time before setting all-time record of 22,363.97 points intra-day.
It finally settled the day at 22,339.97, 125.60 points or 0.57 per cent higher than its previous close.
Market players attributed the surge to steady fund flows for the past 12 trading days in a row. According to market regulator Sebi’s data, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) have poured in Rs 18,073 crore since March 12. Barring Tuesday, when it closed lower by a marginal 0.27 points, bourses have been climbing new high all through this week.
Buying was seen across the board today as all 12 sectoral indices closed with gains ranging from 0.24-3.02 per cent, with power, realty, metal and banking segments leading.
Tata Power at 4.54 per cent was the biggest Sensex gainer, while Hindalco surged 4.07 per cent. State-run SBI jumped 3.41 per cent. NTPC was the next best at 3.29 per cent.