Markets ride wave of optimism on Kotak-ING deal, Big Bang reforms

Markets ride wave of optimism on Kotak-ING deal, Big Bang reforms

The benchmark Sensex surged 267 points in its best gain this month to end at a record high of 28,334.63 after banking shares rose following Kotak Mahindra-ING Vysya deal, while hopes of Big Bang reforms in upcoming Winter session of Parliament also boosted sentiments.

The NSE Nifty barometer also jumped 75.45 points to close at a fresh peak of 8,477.35 amid positive global cues after US shares provided another record-breaking lead yesterday on the back of encouraging economic data.

Leading the rally today were banking stocks on hopes of more mergers and acquisitions after Kotak Mahindra and ING Vysya yesterday announced India's biggest banking merger.

ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, SBI and Axis Bank together contributed almost 150 points to the Sensex kitty. Other eight banks from sectoral index S&P BSE Bankex also rose between 1.17 per cent and 4.01 per cent. Kotak Mahindra Bank scrip gained 3.7 per cent while ING Vysya Bank closed almost flat.

The S&P BSE benchmark Sensex resumed better and touched a life-time intra-day high of 28,360.66 before settling at new peak of 28,334.63 -- a rise of 267.07 points or 0.95 per cent. This was its best daily gain since 519.50 points on October 31. Yesterday, it was up by 34.71 points or 0.12 per cent.

"...Indian markets have rallied on the back of positive news from India Inc and speedy cabinet approvals for development of India infrastructure," said Rakesh Goyal, Senior VP, Bonanza Portfolio.

Investors are hopeful of "announcement of new reforms" in the upcoming Winter session of Parliament, which begins next week, stated Jayant Manglik, President-retail distribution, Religare Securities.

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