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Benchmarks bounce back on bargain-hunting; IT and finance stocks sparkle

Friday, May 17, 2019

Benchmark indices finished with smart gains yesterday as investors scooped up recently-battered stocks, led by IT and financial counters, even as global markets reeled after the US escalated its trade conflict with China by imposing sanctions on telecom major Huawei.

After trading on a tepid note throughout the session, the BSE Sensex surged in the last hour of trade to finish at 37,393.48, up by 278.60 points, or 0.75%.

Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty rose 100.10 points, or 0.90%, to settle at 11,257.10.

IT, financial and banking stocks saw robust buying.

Bajaj Finance was the biggest gainer in the Sensex pack, spurting 3.64%, after the company reported a jump of 50% in standalone net profit at Rs 1,114 crore for the March quarter.

Tata Motors, Infosys, Vedanta, ONGC, PowerGrid, NPTC, Axis Bank, ICICI Bank, Kotak Bank, SBI, HDFC Bank, Tata Steel, TCS and RIL rose up to 3.48%.

On the other hand, Yes Bank was the top loser, cracking 4.07%, followed by Bharti Airtel, IndusInd Bank, Coal India, ITC, M&M, HDFC, Maruti and Asian Paints, shedding up to 1.87%. Global markets recoiled after US President Donald Trump slapped sanctions on Chinese telecom major Huawei, ratcheting up its trade tensions with Beijing.

"Market reversed from the oversold level supported by few green shoots in quarterly earnings and accumulation in beaten down blue-chips. However, global volatility continued due to economic growth concerns which led to shift in focus to safe-haven assets like bond and gold.

"The rally was broad based except pharma, which was impacted due to tepid results and USFDA observations," said Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services.

Sectorally, the BSE oil and gas, realty, power, metal, IT, teck, bankex and finance indices ended up to 1.53% higher. The BSE mid-cap and small-cap indices followed the benchmarks, gaining up to 0.27%.

Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) net sold shares worth Rs 1,142.44 crore on Wednesday, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) purchased equities to the tune of Rs 671.77 crore, provisional data available with stock exchanges showed.

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