The Sensex closed above the 25,000 level and the Nifty index ended at a new high on Thursday powered by metal, power and oil & gas shares on hopes of a quick revival in domestic economy, amid strong expectations the European Central Bank will unveil a stimulus shortly.
Buying was strong with 11 of 12 sectoral indices posting gains between 0.17 percent and 3.33 percent.
Metal, oil&gas, power, FMCG, IT and capital goods led the surge. Persistent capital inflows from foreign funds into equity market and widespread buying by retail investors boosted the market sentiment, said traders.
India’s services sector expanded for the first time in nearly a year during May on rebound in new business orders.
Foreign Institutional Investors bought shares worth a net Rs 192.56 crore yesterday, as per provisional data.
The BSE Sensex resumed higher, but dropped to a low of 24,644.88. It later recovered sharply to settle at its new closing high of 25,019.51, a rise of 213.68 points or 0.86 percent. It breached previous closing peak of 24,858.59 hit on June 3.
The NSE 50-share Nifty also flared up by 71.85 points, or 0.97 percent, to end at new peak of 7,474.10 — surpassing its June 3 closing of 7,415.85.
There is growing speculation that the European Central Bank (ECB) will ease monetary policy later today to support a fragile recovery, said traders.
Metal and oil&gas prices usually go up after an economic stimulus on hopes some funds will come into such assets.
Sensex-based counters like Tata Motors, Sesa Sterlite, ONGC, Infosys, HUL, RIL, ITC, Tata Steel, Hindalco, TCS, HDFC, Axis Bank, Tata Power, Wipro, Hero MotoCorp and Gail closed with sharp to marked gains.
Banking stocks had a forgettable day as shares like ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank saw profit-taking.
“We may see Sensex levels at 30,000 before budget,” said Motilal Oswal, CMD, Motilal Oswal Financial Services.
Meanwhile, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will meet captains of Indian industry to elicit their views on the budget, which is likely to be presented in the first week of July.
As a part of the pre-budget consultation exercise, the Finance Minister has already met with agriculturists and will meet representatives of social sector later today.
Asian stocks ended mixed today as investors await a European Central Bank policy decision later in the global day. Key benchmark indices in China, Japan and Taiwan moved up by 0.08 percent to 0.79 percent while indices in Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea dropped 0.02 percent to 0.65 percent.
European markets were also trading narrowly mixed as indices in Germany and the UK declined by 0.14 percent to 0.23 percent while France CAC was quoted up by 0.06 percent.
Jignesh Chaudhary, Head of Research, Veracity Broking Services said: “Local equities posted third daily gain in four. Investors are closely watching the every single move of government. Already some of the steps taken by the PM Narendra Modi have boosted investor confidence.