Sensex, Nifty start positive on firm global cues

Sharebrokers and holders check the Sensex and Nifty at a Share market. Domestic equities took a beating amid a global selloff after US President Donald Trump imposed USD 60 billion tariffs on Chinese imports, a move that has fuelled concerns of an interna

Domestic equity benchmarks BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty started on a positive note tracking firm cues from global markets after US President Donald Trump hinted at the possibility of a trade deal with China in the future.

After surging over 200 points in the early session, the 30-share index was trading 98.07 points or 0.26 percent, higher at 37,416.60. The broader NSE Nifty was also trading 21.65 points, or 0.19 percent, up at 11,243.70.

In the previous session on Tuesday, the BSE bourse settled at 37,318.53, gaining 227.71 points or 0.61 percent; and the Nifty ended at 11,222.05, 73.85 points or 0.66 percent higher.

Top gainers in the Sensex pack include Yes Bank, Tata Motors, Sun Pharma, Coal India, NTPC, Hero MotoCorp, Bajaj Auto, HUL, Bharti Airtel, Asian Paints, ONGC and HDFC, shedding up to 3.04 percent.

On the other hand, HCL Tech, Tata Steel, M&M, PowerGrid, Vedanta, RIL and TCS were the major gainers, rising up to 1.79 percent.

According to traders, investors took cues for other Asian bourses which were trading higher after US President Trump hinted at the possibility of a trade deal with China, in a series of tweets.

"When the time is right we will make a deal with China. Respect and friendship with President Xi are unlimited," he wrote.

"We can make a deal with China tomorrow before their companies start leaving so as not to lose USA business" he added.

Sustained foreign fund outflow, however, weighed on investor sentiment here, capping the gains on key bourses, traders said.

Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) sold equity worth Rs 2,011.85 crore on Tuesday, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) purchased shares to the tune of Rs 2,242.91 crore, provisional data available with stock exchanges showed.

According to experts, investors are not very aggressive in the market as every rally will be used as an opportunity to book profit. The market is watchful of quarter earnings and election verdict too.

Meanwhile, on the currency front, the rupee appreciated 18 paise to 70.26 against the US dollar.

Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, were trading 0.31 percent lower at USD 71.02 per barrel. 

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