Sensex, Nifty End At Record Closing Highs Led By Banks

Sensex, Nifty End At Record Closing Highs Led By Banks

Indian equity benchmarks ended at record highs led by a rally in shares of banking, auto and financial services companies. The surge to all-time high levels came after the Meteorological Department said that the country is likely to receive average monsoon rains this year. The forecast raised expectations of higher farm income. The Sensex and Nifty logged in fourth straight session of gains with the Sensex rising as much as 458.50 points to hit a record high of 39,364.34 and the NSE Nifty 50 index advanced as much as 116.50 points to record high of 11,806.85.

The S&P BSE Sensex ended 370 points or 0.95 per cent higher at an all-time closing high of 39,275.64 and the NSE Nifty 50 Index climbed 0.83 per cent or 97 points to shut shop at record closing high of 11,787.

All sector gauges barring the S&P BSE Realty Index ended higher led by the S&P BSE Bankex Index's 1.6 per cent gain. Finance, telecom, capital goods and consumer durables indexes also rose around a per cent each.

Mid- and small-cap shares underperformed their larger peers as the S&P BSE MidCap Index rose 0.1 per cent and the S&P BSE SmallCap Index advanced 0.4 per cent.

IndusInd Bank was top gainer in the Nifty 50 basket of shares, the stock rose 3.95 per cent to close at Rs 1,818. ICICI Bank, Titan, ONGC, Adani Ports, Grasim Industries, Asian Paints and Larsen & Toubro were also among the gainers.

On the flipside, Wipro, Cipla, GAIL, Tata Motors, Infosys and Zee Entertainment were among the laggards.

The overall market breadth was neutral as 1,284 shares ended higher while 1,285 closed lower on the BSE.

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