Mumbai: Investors went on bargain hunting today that aided the benchmark Sensex stage an uncertain recovery at 27,117 at the close as hopes grew that the upcoming Budget on February 1 would contain steps that can affluence the impact of the cash ban.
The market, which continued range-bound for the better part of the session, turned better towards the end after the SC dismissed a PIL seeking postponement of the Union budget on the ground of upcoming Assembly polls in 5 states.
Metal and mining stocks were in demand as base metal prices increase at the London Metal Exchange (LME) on expectations that demand might pick up as the US President Donald Trump restated plans to spend on infrastructure amid weakness in the dollar.
The 30-share Sensex stimulated both ways before settling at 27,117.34, up 82.84 points, or 0.31 per cent. Intra-day, it moved between 26,963.58 and 27,167.79. The gauge had lost 274.10 points in the earlier session on Friday as investors tried to look for clarity from the initial days of the Trump administration.
The broad-based NSE Nifty improved 42.15 points, or 0.50 per cent, to 8,391.50 after hitting a high of 8,404.15 and a low of 8,327.20. The confidence ensured banking stocks kept aside their asset quality worries while IT companies that were on the back foot last week ahead of Trump’s inaugural speech gave up the advisory stance.
The rupee supported the recovery as it valued 17 paise to 68.01 intra-day against the dollar. A mixed trend in Asia and a lower opening in Europe dragged back participants here as Trump’s economic policy details slowly emerge, traders stated.
The recently battered blue-chips turned smart amid encouraging earnings by some companies. In the metal space, Hindalco, Tata Steel, National Aluminium, JSW Steel, Jindal Steel, Hindustan Zinc, Vedanta Ltd and NMDC trapped buyers’ attention and climbed by up to 5.75 percent.
Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth a net of Rs 26.34 crore previous Friday, as per provisional data issued by the stock exchanges. Domestic institutional investors (DIIs) also discharged shares worth a net of Rs 175.48 crore on Friday.
GAIL surged the most, rising 2.41 per cent, followed by HDFC Ltd (1.77 per cent) and Tata Motors (1.72 per cent). Hero MotoCorp, Lupin, SBI, ITC Ltd, ONGC, TCS, HDFC Bank, Adani Ports, Maruti Suzuki and Power Grid ended in the green.
In the 30-share Sensex space, 19 ended in the positive zone while 11 led by ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, Sun Pharma, Dr Reddy’s, L&T, RIL, Bharti Airtel, NTPC, M&M, Asian Paints and Cipla closed with losses.
Sectorally, the metal index gained the most by rising 2.61 percent, followed by PSU (1.26 per cent), oil and gas (1.15 per cent) and IT (0.63 per cent). The broader markets rose, with the mid-cap and small-cap directories ending higher by 0.48 per cent and 0.47 per cent, respectively.
Catalogs in other Asian markets, including those in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore, ended higher by up to 0.44 percent while Japan’s Nikkei weakened 1.29 per cent. European market was trading in the negative zone in the initial trade.