Equity benchmark BSE Sensex rose over 150 points on Monday led by gains in HDFC Bank, ITC and HUL, amid positive global cues and foreign fund inflow. After opening on a volatile note, the 30-share index swung over 200 points in early trade. It was trading 105.79 points, or 0.28 per cent, higher at 38,232.87 at 0945 hours. Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty rose 34 points, or 0.32 per cent, to 11,340.80.
Top gainers in the Sensex pack in early session included Tata Motors, Vedanta, Tata Steel, Sun Pharma, Bajaj Auto, IndusInd Bank, Bharti Airtel, HUL and SBI, rising up to 4 per cent. On the other hand, Infosys, PowerGrid, TechM, Kotak Bank and TCS fell up to 3 per cent.
In the previous session on Friday, the BSE barometer ended 246.68 points, or 0.65 per cent, higher at 38,127.08, and the Nifty rose 66.70 points, or 0.59 per cent, to 11,301.25.
Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) turned net buyers in the capital market, infusing Rs 749.74 crore on Friday, while domestic institutional investors sold shares worth Rs 703.02 crore, data available with stock exchange showed. Domestic equities followed global stocks that rallied after US President Donald Trump announced that US had reached a “very substantial” Phase 1 trade deal with China.
Bourses in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo were trading significantly higher. Market sentiment, however, remained volatile amid concerns over an economic slowdown after the World Bank on Sunday said India’s growth rate is projected to fall to 6 per cent after a broad-based deceleration in the initial quarters of this fiscal year, traders said.
Markets are also reacting to industrial output data released Friday evening, they added. Industrial output declined by 1.1 per cent in August due to poor performance by manufacturing, power generation and mining sectors, official data showed. Further, wholesale inflation data is scheduled to come on Monday, which may also influence trading, according to analysts.
Rupee rises 28 paise to 70.74 against USD in early trade
The Indian rupee appreciated by 28 paise to 70.74 against the US dollar in early trade on Monday as gains in domestic equity market and positive developments on the US-China trade talks front strengthened investor sentiments. At the interbank foreign exchange the rupee opened at 70.83, then gained further ground and touched a high of 70.74, registering a rise of 28 paise over its previous close.
On Friday, rupee had settled for the day at 71.02 against the US dollar. The domestic unit, however, could not hold on to the gains and was trading at 70.81 against the dollar at 0959 hrs. President Donald Trump on Friday had said that the United States has reached a “very substantial” Phase 1 trade deal with China. “We’ve come to a very substantial Phase 1 deal,” Trump told reporters at the White House following his meeting with the visiting Chinese Vice Premier Liu He.
However, the announcement came with a rider that the agreement was still to be put on to the paper, which will take somewhere between three to five weeks. Besides, higher opening in domestic equities supported the local unit. Domestic bourses opened on a positive note on Monday with benchmark indices Sensex trading 120.08 points higher at 38,247.16 and Nifty up 47.70 points at 11,352.75.
Market participants, said foreign fund inflows and easing crude prices supported the local currency. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) remained net buyers in the capital market, putting in Rs 749.74 crore on Friday, according to provisional exchange data. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, fell 0.46 per cent to trade at USD 60.23 per barrel.
However, strengthening of the American currency vis-a-vis other currencies overseas weighed on the rupee. The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, rose by 0.09 per cent to 98.38. The 10-year government bond yield was at 6.49 per cent in morning trade.