Sensex makes history, ends above 50k for first time
The BSE Sensex closed above the historic 50,000 mark for the first time ever on Wednesday as the post-Budget euphoria continued for the third straight session amid a spurt in buying by foreign funds and positive global cues.
Banking, finance, and pharma counters hogged the limelight, while cement and FMCG stocks succumbed to profit-taking.
After touching a record intra-day high of 50,526.39, the 30-share BSE benchmark ended at 50,255.75, up 458.03 points or 0.92 percent.
Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty surged 142.10 points or 0.97 percent to its fresh closing record of 14,789.95. It touched an all-time high of 14,868.85 during the day.
IndusInd Bank topped the Sensex gainers' chart, zooming 7.65 percent, followed by PowerGrid, Dr Reddy's, Sun Pharma, NTPC, and Axis Bank.
On the other hand, UltraTech Cement, Maruti, ITC, Kotak Bank, Asian Paints, Nestle India, and TCS were among the losers, slipping up to 0.90 percent.
"Domestic equities continued to remain in the grip of bulls and broader indices made fresh record highs today," said Binod Modi, Head Strategy at Reliance Securities.
Optimism created after the announcement of bold measures in the Union Budget continued to attract investors. Favourable global cues also supported the market rally. Notably, market cap of Indian market is just fraction away from surpassing Rs 200 trillion levels, he added.
"Given the sharp increase in capital expenditure along with a number of reforms to give impetus to investment activities, momentum in corporate earnings is expected to sustain in subsequent quarters. Further, higher fiscal stimulus in the US, persistent soft monetary policy stance of global bankers and weak dollar should continue to act as key tailwinds for FPIs flows.
"In the near term, monetary policy outcome will be a key focus area for the market, which is broadly expected to remain favourable," he noted.
Sector-wise, BSE utilities, healthcare, power, metal, telecom and finance indices rose as much as 2.47 per cent, while realty and FMCG finished with losses.
Broader BSE midcap and smallcap indices rallied up to 1.47 percent.
Global markets marched higher following renewed hopes for the passage of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill in the US.
In the rest of Asia, bourses in Hong Kong, Seoul, and Tokyo ended with gains, while Shanghai was in the red.
Stock exchanges in Europe were also trading on a positive note in early deals.
Meanwhile, the global oil benchmark Brent crude was trading 0.36 percent higher at $58.01 per barrel.
The Indian rupee ended on a flat note and settled 1 paisa higher at 72.95 (provisional) against the US dollar.
Stepping up their purchase of domestic shares, foreign institutional investors were net buyers to the tune of Rs 6,181.56 crore on Tuesday, according to exchange data.