Markets scale new peaks


Mumbai, November 18

Equity benchmarks scaled record highs for the third straight session on Wednesday as investors accumulated banking, auto and engineering stocks amid firm global cues and unabated foreign fund inflows.

The BSE Sensex vaulted 227.34 points to close above the 44,000-level for the first time at 44,180.05. Intra-day, it touched its lifetime high of 44,215.49. Similarly, the NSE Nifty advanced 64.05 points to end at its all-time high of 12,938.25, after making an intra-day record of 12,948.85.

Auto, banking stocks surge

  • Investors accumulated banking, auto and engineering stocks amid firm global cues and unabated foreign fund inflows
  • The Sensex vaulted 227.34 points to close above the 44,000-level for the first time at 44,180
  • Similarly, the Nifty advanced 64.05 points to end at its all-time high of 12,938.25

M&M was the top gainer in the Sensex pack, soaring 10.76%, followed by L&T, IndusInd Bank, Bajaj Finserv, SBI, Bajaj Finance, ICICI Bank, Kotak Bank and Axis Bank.

On the other hand, HUL, ITC, Titan, TCS, Bharti Airtel and Infosys were among the losers, shedding up to 2.07%.

According to traders, largely positive cues from global markets and persistent foreign fund inflows buoyed market sentiment.

Foreign institutional investors remained net buyers in the capital market as they purchased shares worth Rs 4,905.35 crore on Tuesday, according to provisional exchange data.

Global equities held steady after the recent rally fuelled by encouraging Covid vaccine trials, though the steadily rising coronavirus cases weighed on risk sentiment. Domestic equities continued to maintain their northward move mainly led by rebound in financials and automobiles, said Arjun Yash Mahajan, Head Institutional Business at Reliance Securities. — PTI



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