Stocks at new highs on earnings boost

Stocks at new highs on earnings boost

Stocks at new highs on earnings boost

Stocks ended at record highs for the fourth session in a row on Monday, on sustained foreign fund inflows and persistent buying by domestic investors in bluechips led by Reliance Industries, ONGC and TCS.

The BSE Sensex surged 286.43 points to close at 35,798.01, while the broader NSE Nifty ended at 10,966.20 - all-time closing high for both the indices.

Stocks have been on a record-setting spree, following better-than-expected earnings by leading companies and recent cut in the GST rates for certain products and services.

The 30-share Sensex, after opening on a strong footing, continued its upward march to hit an all-time high of 35,827.70.

It shed some ground on profit-booking, before finally ending 286.43 points, or 0.81% higher at 35,798.01, smashing its previous record close of 35,511.58 reached on Friday. The gauge had gained 740.53 points in the previous three sessions.

The NSE Nifty also hit a record intra-day high of 10,975.10, before finishing at 10,966.20, up 71.50 points, or 0.66%. It bettered its previous closing high of 10,894.70 reached in Friday's trade.

Meanwhile, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) bought shares worth a net Rs 988.25 crore, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) made purchases worth Rs 209.86 crore in the previous session, as per provisional exchange data.

TCS rose the most among Sensex components by surging 5.36% to close at new high of Rs 3,113.15, followed by Reliance Industries at 4.50% at Rs 971.20.