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Sensex, Nifty further surge on strong global cues

Sun Pharma, Asian Paints, Reliance Industries hog limelight

Snapping 5-day losing streak, indices up in opening session

Snapping 5-day losing streak, indices up in opening session

Mkts At 1-Week High

- BSE Sensex surged by 477.24 pts to close at 57,897.48

- NSE Nifty rose 147.20 pts to 17,233.45

- 28 of Sensex constituents up

- All Nifty stocks except for 2 closed in green

- HDFC Bank, M&M, NTPC, UltraTech Cement, Titan, L&T and Tech Mahindra among lead gainers

Mumbai: Key stock indices Sensex and Nifty rallied for the second day in a row on Tuesday to close at more than one-week high levels as energy, IT, pharma and banking stocks advanced amid gains in global stocks.

The 30-share BSE Sensex surged by 477.24 points or 0.83 per cent to close at more than one-week high of 57,897.48. As many as 28 of its constituents closed with gains, while two declined.

The broad-based Nifty of the National Stock Exchange rose by 147.20 points or 0.86 per cent to settle 17,233.45, tracking gains in Sun Pharma, Asian Paints, and Reliance Industries. All Nifty stocks except for two closed in the green.

Shrikant Chouhan, head (equity research-retail), Kotak Securities, said: "The domestic market is drawing strength from the upsurge in global equity indices, which have been steadily moving up in recent sessions after correcting sharply on concerns related to the Omicron variant, likely interest rate hikes in key developed economies going ahead, and the rising inflation worldwide."

"The resilience of the US market, S&P 500 registered its 69th record high on Monday, and a spike in crude oil are indications that the Omicron variant, though surging, is unlikely to impact economic activity in any meaningful way," observes VK Vijayakumar, chief investment strategist at Geojit Financial Services.

Asian Paints was the top gainer in the Sensex pack, rising nearly 3 per cent.

Sun Pharma rose by 2.59 per cent after the company, along with other pharma players, received a regulatory nod for the Covid-19 drug Molnupiravir.

S Ranganathan, head (research) at LKP securities, said: "Indices remained positive and closed in the green today with most of the sectoral indices ending higher. The Advance-Decline ratio was very favourable as investors sought to accumulate high-quality Midcap names across sectors."

Ajit Mishra, V-P (research), Religare Broking, stated that markets are taking cues from their global counterparts and seeing a rebound amid the news of rising Covid cases domestically and restrictions announced by a few states. While all the sectors are contributing to the move, the underperformance of the banking pack is still hurting the sentiment."

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