Equity benchmark BSE Sensex on Tuesday rose by 234 points, extending gains for the second straight day as index major Reliance Industries, Yes Bank and Tata Motors advanced. The 30-share index closed at 39,131.04 points, showing a rise of 234.33 points or 0.60 per cent. It touched an intra-day high of 39,173.89 and a low of 38,845.27 during the day.
The broader NSE Nifty ended 72.70 points or 0.63 per cent up at 11,661.05. During the day, the index hit a high of 11,670.05 and a low of 11,573.95. Yes Bank was the biggest gainer in the Sensex pack, rallying 11.48 per cent amid reports that private equity firms have showed interest in buying a major stake in the private sector lender.
In the previous session, the 30-share gauge settled 160.48 points or 0.41 per cent higher at 38,896.71, while the Nifty gained 35.85 points or 0.31 per cent to end at 11,588.35.
On a net basis, foreign institutional investors sold equities worth Rs 216.44 crore, while domestic institutional investors purchased shares to the tune of Rs 591.72 crore, provisional data available with stock exchanges showed Monday.
Among others, Dewan Housing Finance Corp rebounded by 4 per cent after a massive selloff on Monday. The company stressed that it was working with stakeholders and creditors to ensure resolution of liquidity issues, without any haircut to the lenders. On the other hand, TCS, M&M, HCL Tech, Kotak Bank, TechM, Bharti Airtel and HDFC Bank fell up to 1.86 per cent.
“Indian markets are showing resilience as we move into earnings season,” said Sunil Sharma, Chief Investment Officer, Sanctum Wealth Management. The market has clearly factored in dismal earnings, but is cheering the decline in interest rates, improving liquidity as well as incremental positive news on resolution of some of the large stressed assets, he pointed out.
“Investors seems to take comfort from positive data from RBI on India’s services export receipts which grew 15.5 per cent in May-19,” Narendra Solanki, Head Fundamental Research (Investment Services) - AVP Equity Research, Anand Rathi Shares & Stock Brokers. Broader BSE midcap and smallcap indices followed benchmarks, closing up to 0.69 per cent higher.
Sectorally, BSE realty, oil and gas, consumer durables, power, utilities, energy and capital goods indices ended in up to 1.98 per cent higher. While, BSE IT and teck indices settled up to 0.59 per cent lower. Market breadth was negative as 1,300 scrips declined while 1,162 advanced.
Bond yields slid for a fifth straight day to 6.34 per cent, a 2.5-year low mark on the hopes of further rate cuts post three consecutive rate cuts announced by the RBI so far in 2019, he said, adding that yields have come off by almost a percentage point since beginning of the fiscal year.
Elsewhere in Asia, Shanghai Composite Index and Nikkei ended in the green, while Hang Seng and Kospi settled in the red. Equities in Europe were trading higher in their respective early sessions.
On the currency front, the Indian rupee depreciated 17 paise to 68.72 (intra-day) against the US dollar as crude oil prices continue to rise. The global oil benchmark Brent crude futures were trading 0.36 per cent higher at USD 66.72 per barrel.
(With inputs from PTI)