Sensex rises most in 2-week on investor buying, global cues

Sensex rises most in 2-week on investor buying, global cues

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The Sensex, which had plunged to two-month low in the previous week, bounced back and gained by 372.15 to 19,957.59, its biggest surge since November 4, backed by Reliance Industries, Infosys Technologies and leading financial stocks.

The broad-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty also rose by 119.70 points to 6,010 as investors viewed the recent correction in the markets as a good entry point for picking fundamentally strong shares.
European equities rallied in opening deals as investors welcomed the news that crisis-hit Ireland formally applied for a bailout from the debt crisis.

The heaviest-weighed on the Sensex, Reliance Industries advanced 1.53 per cent to Rs 1,012.10, its biggest gain since November 4, on reports that the company restarted one of its crude distillation units and a coker at its Jamnagar refinery.

The second-heaviest Infosys spurted by 2.55 per cent to Rs 3,042.10. The two stocks carry nearly 23 per cent weightage on the benchmark.

In the 30-BSE index components, 27 stocks closed higher while three ended in negative zone.The banking sector index gained the most by 2.64 per cent to 14,066.42 as stocks of private lenders - HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and HDFC Ltd recorded handsome gains.
The consumer durable index was second best performer by adding 2.59 per cent to 6,623.42 followed by information technology sector index by 2.50 per cent to 6,036.95. Tech index rose by 2.22 per cent to 3,697.87.

The IT and tech sector shares were in demand following a weak rupee against the dollar on expectations of a higher revenue. The Indian software export get over 50 per cent revenue from the U.S. and European markets.

The realty sector index rose by 2.01 per cent to 3,237.24 as Lanco Infratech gained 2.11 per cent to Rs 65.40, its highest close since October 27 on reports the government selected seven companies including Lanco, to build 470 megawatt of solar power capacity.

As the buying activity spilled over a wide-front, smallcap sector index rose by 1.46 per cent to 10,387.24 and midcap index by 1.28 per cent to 8,180.48.

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