BSE Sensex closed at fresh 2 1/2 year highs. Most domestic players are said to have missed out on the rally as they remain worried about the weak macro-environment. Industrial output remains sluggish, RBI’s interest rate cuts have not yet translated into lower rates for borrowers, and India’s current account deficit continues to be precarious.
The 30-share Sensex closed at 20286.12, up 38.79 points over the previous close after touching a fresh 30-month high of 20328 intra-day.
The 50-share Nifty gained 17.40 points to close at 6187.30 .
BHEL, Jaiprakash Associates, DLF, Reliance Infra, and NTPC were among the key gainers in the Nifty, gaining between 2-4 percent.
Bharti Airtel, Dr Reddy’s and Sterlite were among the laggards, down between 1-2 percent.
ITC shares closed slightly down, though the company's fourth quarter numbers were better than analyst estimates.
"It is all about liquidity. Until that party stops, we will just have to keep with the momentum. We know that we will stop at some stage," cautioned Andrew Holland of Ambit Capital, in an interview with CNBC-TV18 today.
Over the last one month, foreign funds have net bought more than Rs 17,000 crore as the India joined the party in emerging markets.
Most domestic players are said to have missed out on the rally as they remain worried about the weak macro-environment.
Industrial output remains sluggish, RBI’s interest rate cuts have not yet translated into lower rates for borrowers, and India’s current account deficit continues to be precarious.
"While we continue to like the long-term outlook for this market, we have kept a somewhat defensive cautious stance on India," Nidhi Mahurkar of Pictet Asset Management said in an interview to CNBC-TV18.
"We certainly need more from the government in terms of administrative reforms. We need to see progress on reform agenda be it on subsidies, infrastructure, insurance and pension, food security," she said.
Buyers continued to chase midcaps, betting that returns in these stocks would be higher, compared to their large cap counterparts.
Alstom India, Crompton Greaves, Alstom T&D, Schneider Electric, and Voltas were the key gainers in the midcap space, gaining between 7-14 percent.
Indian rupee closed at 54.88 to the dollar compared to 54.77 on Thursday.
Foreign Institutional Investors bought shares worth USD 226.49 million in equities on May 16.
Indian shares closed flat on the final day of the week, which otherwise showed a stellar performance led by huge rally in banking, realty, pharma, auto and capital goods stocks
Key equity benchmarks were trading flat on the final trading day of this week. ABB was star performer of the day as stock surged more than 20 percent. The volumes also shot up by more than 30 times compared to the average volume.
The Nifty slips below 6150. The Sensex is down 81.40 points at 20165.93, and the Nifty down 22.50 points at 6147.40.
It was another day of consolidation for the key equity benchmark indices BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty. Midcaps continued to outperform while traders preferred to book profits in pharma and banking heavyweight stocks. ITC Q4 results are out. The results are ahead of street estimates. Net profit at Rs 1928 crore. EBITDA margins at 32.1 percent.
Both BSE Sensex and Nifty were in the negative territory. Consumer durables and pharma continued to lose further while banking stock too were giving up gains.
Indian shares took a breather and consolidated in the late morning trade on Friday. BSE Sensex was holding 20200 mark while Nifty managed to edge above 6150 led by buying in realty, power and IT stocks. COMPAT levies 10 percent penalty of Rs 6300 crore on cement companies.
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