Sensex rallies 345 pts, Nifty nears 10,900; Banking stocks gain

stock market highIndia’s share markets extended the session at fresh lifetime highs tracking global cues, and after media report that the govt is allowing 100 percent FDI in the banking sector. The BSE Sensex gained 344.69 points at 35,426.51 while NSE Nifty added 78 points to mark the new high of 10,866.50 on Thursday, later morning.

The value buying in the shares such as ICICI Bank, HDFCs, SBI, ITC, Axis Bank, HUL, L&T and Yes Bank led the key equity indices to fresh record peaks.

Banking stocks gained after media reports that the govt considered allowing 100 percent FDI in the banking sector. Effectively, ICICI Bank, SBI, HDFC Bank, Yes Bank, Axis Bank, PNB, Federal Bank, Bank of Baroda, Indusind Bank rose in different extents.

Shares of SBI, HDFC Bank, Hero MotoCorp, ICICI Bank and Yes Bank were the top five gainers among the Sensex stocks on Thursday.

Shares of Yes Bank jumped 3.36 pct to the day’s high of Rs. 354 ahead of its Q-3 earnings, while stocks of HDFC Bank rose 2.32% to hit an all-time peak of Rs. 1,935.

Shares of UltraTech Cement, Adani Ports SEZ, Yes Bank and Bharti Airtel will be watched ahead of their respective third-quarter earnings scheduled today.

 

Nifty gainers and losers

Sensex, Nifty open marginally higher, Infosys shares rise

stock market up The key indices opened the session on a flat note since traders remained cautious ahead of Sept-quarter GDP data to be released on Thursday.

At 10.40 Am., the BSE index Sensex was up 31.91 points at 33,650.50 and the NSE Nifty 50 index was up 8.90 points at 10,379.15.

Shares of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, Coal India, Reliance Industries, Dr Reddy’s Lab, ITC, NTPC, Infosys gained up to 1.7% while Axis bank and HDFC dragged the most, lost up to 1.2 percent each. The heavyweight shares of Reliance, ITC and Infosys contributed the most to the Sensex gains, whereas a fall in HDFC twins and Axis Bank cut off most of the gains.

Shares of SREI Infrastructure Finance Ltd rose 2.5 percent to Rs. 111.65 after its subsidiary SREI Equipment Finances files draft red herring prospects with regulator Sebi. The initial offer consists fresh issue of shares worth Rs. 1,100 crore and offer for sale of up to 43.86 lakh shares by SREI Infra.

The Indian rupee depreciated 10 paise to 64.51 against the USD in early trade. Earlier yesterday, it has gained 9 paise to conclude at a fresh two-month high against the US dollar.