Sensex rebounds 358 points on buying in HDFC Bank, Reliance Industries

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Benchmark equity indices Sensex and Nifty recovered by more than half cent on Thursday following buying in index majors HDFC Bank and Reliance Industries.

The 30-share BSE Sensex jumped 358.79 points or 0.51% to settle at 70,865.10 with 21 of its stocks ending in the green and nine in the red.

The barometer opened lower and fell further by 585.92 points or 0.83% to a low of 69,920.39. But, markets found the winning momentum in the afternoon session and climbed 452.4 points or 0.64% to 70,958.71.

The broader Nifty rallied 104.90 points or 0.50% to 21,255.05 as 38 of its constituents advanced and 12 declined. During the day, it hit a high of 21,288.35 and a low of 20,976.80.

Both key indices had hit record high levels in intra-day trade on Wednesday before closing sharply down by over 1%. Sensex tanked 930 points while Nifty lost around 303 points.

Most sectors participated in the rebound on Thursday with energy, metal and banking sectors emerging as top performers, analysts said.

Buying in HDFC Bank and Reliance Industries helped indices to recover from day’s lows, they said. RIL and HDFC contributed more than 300 points to Sensex gains.

Among the Sensex firms, Power Grid rose the most by 2.27%, HDFC Bank by 1.82%, Kotak Bank by 1.66%, and Reliance Industries by 1.38%. NTPC, State Bank of India, Tata Steel and Bharti Airtel were also among the gainers.

Bajaj Finance, Axis Bank, HCL Tech and Mahindra & Mahindra were among the major laggards.

“After a subdued start, the market reversed from the day’s low amid buy-on-dips strategy. However, the overall trend is subdued, FIIs stayed muted ahead of festive break and global market traded on a negative note ahead of announcement of the US GDP data today,” said Vinod Nair, Head of Research at Geojit Financial Services.

“Some consolidation is warranted in the near term due to peak valuation. A gradual rise in oil prices along with concern over high domestic food inflation may have a hindrance to the stretched rally of the last 2 months.” In the broader market, the BSE smallcap gauge jumped 1.69% and midcap index climbed 1.61%.

Among the indices, utilities rallied 2.46%, power jumped 2.43%, oil & gas (1.72%), telecommunication (1.64%) and energy (1.62%).

Auto emerged as the only laggard.

In Asian markets, Seoul and Tokyo settled lower while Shanghai and Hong Kong ended in the green.

European markets were trading in the negative territory. The U.S. markets ended lower on Wednesday.

Global oil benchmark Brent crude climbed 0.33% to $79.96 a barrel.

Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) offloaded equities worth ₹1,322.08 crore on Wednesday, according to exchange data.

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