BSE Sensex gains 266 pts to end at nearly three-week high,RIL shares soar 3.78 pct

BSE Sensex rose 1.43 pct,marking its fourth consecutive day of gains.

Written by PTI | Mumbai | Published: September 2, 2013 4:55:56 pm

Extending gains for the fourth day,the BSE Sensex on Monday climbed over 266 points to close at nearly three-week high of 18,886.13 on heavy buying in metal,FMCG,oil & gas shares,amid firm global markets.

After rising nearly 652 points in last three days,the BSE Sensex advanced further by 266.41 points,or 1.43 per cent to close at its highest level since 19,367.59 on August 14.

On similar lines,the broad-based NSE Nifty added 78.95 points,or 1.44 per cent,to 5,550.75,after touching day’s high of 5,564.90 and a low of 5,478.85. Also,SX40 index,the flagship index of MCX-SX,closed at 11,176.25,up 237.76 points,or 2.17 per cent.

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In BSE Sensex,Reliance Industries (RIL) shot up 3.78 per cent to Rs 883.75 and ITC Ltd by 3.75 per cent to Rs 319.40. ICICI Bank,also a Sensex stock,rose 2.89 per cent to Rs 826.90. 23 stocks closed with gains led by Bajaj Auto,Coal India,GAIL,HDFC Ltd,Hindalco Industries Ltd,Hindustan Unilever (HUL),Maruti Suzuki India,Oil & Natural Gas Corp (ONGC),Jindal Steel & Power Ltd,Tata Steel,Tata Consultancy Services (TCS),State Bank of India (SBI) and Sun Pharma.

Brokers said easing crude oil prices might help in cooling inflation and trim the current account deficit of the country,which imports 80 per cent of its oil requirements.

A firming trend in the Asian region and higher opening in Europe after China’s manufacturing rose to a 16-month high,boosted the domestic market sentiment,they added.

Sectorally,the metal sector index gained the most by rising 3.16 per cent to 3,180.08 followed by FMCG index by 3.10 per cent to 6,538.65. Realty index rose by 3 per cent to 1,208.84 and oil and gas index by 2.55 per cent to 8,357.15.

Indian shares gain nearly 1.5 pct; traders hope for more steps amid an oversold market

(Reuters) Indian shares rose on Monday to their highest close in nearly 2-1/2 weeks as some blue chips recovered from recent steep falls,with ITC jumping after a UBS report said the company had raised prices of a key cigarette brand.

Gains also tracked Asian shares which climbed to their two-week highs as a delay in potential U.S. military action in Syria and improving economic data from China and Europe boosted appetite for riskier assets.

An oversold market after three consecutive months of decline till August,is making traders hopeful of market friendly measures like a hike in diesel price after the passage of the Land Legislation bill and the Food Security bill by parliament was seen as populist.

“After such battering,a short-term recovery can be seen but underlying fundamentals are very weak unless some new measures are unveiled to curtail deficit,” said G. Chokkalingam,managing director and chief investment officer at Centrum Wealth Management.

The benchmark BSE index rose 1.43 percent,or 266.41 points,to end at 18,886.13,marking its fourth consecutive day of gains.

The broader NSE index rose 1.44 percent,or 78.95 points,to end at 5,550.75,closing above the psychologically important 5,500 level.

ITC Ltd gained 3.8 percent after the company raised prices of a key cigarette brand,UBS said.

“ITC has raised prices for Gold Flake King-Size (GFK) from 136 rupees to 150 rupees (pack of 20),” UBS said in a note to its clients on Monday.

Shares in Axis Bank Ltd rose 3.8 percent and IDFC Ltd gained 3.7 percent as last week’s selling,sparked by their exclusion from MSCI indices,was seen as overdone,traders said.

Axis Bank dropped 15 percent last week,its biggest weekly fall since July 2009,ahead of its exclusion from MSCI standard and large cap indexes effective on Monday.

IDFC fell 22.4 percent in the previous week as MSCI said the company would be deleted from its global standard indexes effective Sept. 2.

Banks gained on hopes of potential reversal of the RBI’s liquidity tightening measures announced in July,dealers said.

ICICI Bank Ltd rose 2.8 percent,while Yes Bank Ltd ended 3.9 percent higher.

Lupin Ltd gained 3 percent after the company got the final approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a generic version of eye drop Gatifloxacin on Friday,according to the web site of the U.S. regulator.

Jet Airways (India) Ltd ended 5.5 percent higher after rising as much as 7.7 percent following Etihad Airways’ comments that it expected its investment in the Indian carrier to be cleared by Indian authorities “imminently”.

However,among stocks that fell,Hero MotoCorp Ltd lost 1.1 percent after the company’s sales for August,at 459,996 units,came in lower than analysts’ estimates.

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