Sensex jumps 100 pts in opening trade, Nifty reclaims 10,400; IT, pharma extend gain

All sectoral indices have commenced trade in the green, while, in the broader market, midcaps are up around half a percent.

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Rupee Update: The Indian rupee opened higher by 9 paise at 64.95 per dollar on Friday versus previous close 65.04.

Bhaskar Panda of HDFC Bank said, “Worries of US rate hike, consequent rally in US yields, coupled with uncertainties due to the PNB episode has brought back pressure on the INR.”

“The USD-INR pair has broken through crucial 64.80 levels and traded above 65 yesterday. Today, I expect the pair to consolidate in a range of 64.85-65.15 given the dollar fall overnight.”

The dollar index against a basket of six major currencies was little changed after bouncing from a three-year trough of 88.253 late last week.

Market Opens: Equities have begun the day on a positive note, with the Nifty clocking 10,400 in the first few minutes of the trade.

The Sensex is up 98.71 points or 0.29% at 33918.21, and the Nifty is up 36.40 points or 0.35% at 10419.10. The market breadth is positive as 554 shares have advanced, 216 shares declined, while 94 shares are unchanged.

All sectoral indices have commenced trade in the green, while, in the broader market, midcaps are up around half a percent.

Sun Pharma has continued its gain from the previous sessions and is the top gainer on the Sensex. Along with it, Tata Steel and Aurobindo Pharma were the other gainers. Meanwhile, Hero MotoCorp, Coal India and Asian Paints were the top losers.

Among global markets, Asian shares rebounded as comments from a Federal Reserve official eased worries that the central bank might raise rates more aggressively this year, while the safe-haven yen held on to its gains amid heightened volatility across markets.

Financial markets have fluctuated wildly this month as investors fretted about how fast the Fed might raise rates in the wake of data showing a pick up in US inflation. That, in turn, has stoked anxiety that many central banks will start to tighten policy in a hit to earnings, which have boomed thanks to a synchronized uptick in global growth.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan climbed 0.4 percent, but was still on track to end the week barely changed.

US stocks advanced, putting major indexes on track to snap a recent spate of declines, buoyed by gains in industrial and energy shares as US Treasury yields eased.

The Dow and S&P dropped for a second consecutive session and the Nasdaq fell for a third straight on Wednesday after minutes from the US Federal Reserve’s January meeting showed the central bank’s rate-setting committee grew more confident in the need to keep raising rates.

Concerns about a faster pace of rate hikes from the central bank were eased by comments on Thursday from St. Louis Fed President James Bullard that expressed concerns a “bunch of hikes” could turn Fed policy restrictive, and benchmark 10-year US Treasury yields retreated from the more than four-year highs hit on Wednesday.

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