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Bank stocks power Sensex, Nifty higher

Bank stocks power Sensex, Nifty higher

Sustained buying in the trade on Thursday trade provided cushion to the indices that eventually led to both the Sensex and Nifty wrapping up the session with gains of over 1%.

Major gainers on the Nifty were: UPL (+1.81%), Tata Motors (+1.79%), Bharti Airtel (+1.42%), Adani Ports (+1.31%) and IndusInd Bank (+1.31%).

Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth net Rs 1,075.62 crore yesterday, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought to the tune of Rs 926.68 crore.

However, broader gains were capped ahead of elections in Gujarat due this weekend, in a critical test for Prime Minister Modi. Results are due later this month.

European markets too saw a weak trend.

"Markets will now look out for the Gujarat election outcome".




IRB Infrastructure Developers Ltd slid as much as 6.1 per cent after the company said the Central Bureau of Investigation has filed charges against it over alleged illegal purchases of government land.

Gas stocks were on fire as the state-run GAIL surged 7 percent to hit a fresh record high of Rs 489.30 per share while Mahanagar Gas, Indraprastha Gas and Petronet LNG rallied 3-5 percent. It has slipped 4.7 percent from a 10-year peak hit on November 23 as investors booked profits after robust gains this year.

At 3:30 PM, BSE Sensex ended higher by 37 points to 32,869 and the NSE Nifty50 Index gained by 6 points to 10,128.

The Dow and the S&P 500 rose around 0.3 percent each overnight while the tech-heavy Nasdaq added half a percent.

USA stocks closed higher yesterday, with the S&P 500 snapping a four-session losing streak on the back of gains in technology, industrials and materials sectors.


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