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Market cheers GDP data, Sensex at 6-mth high, zooms 241 points

Robust GDP data for the December quarter provided the markets a big relief as the Sensex on Wednesday rallied over 241 points to end at about a six-month high of 28,985 amid favourable global cues.

The impact was such that even the broader NSE Nifty took back the 8,900-mark.

The Central Statistic Office on Tuesday showed that India's economy expanded by 7 per cent in the third quarter, belying all fears of the note ban puncturing economic activity.

The Sensex took off on a positive note and went past the key 29,000-mark to touch a high of 29,029.17 before settling up by 241.17 points, or 0.84 per cent, at 28,984.49, a level last seen on September 8 last year when it had closed at 29,045.28. The gauge had lost 149.65 points in the previous two sessions.

Sentiment also got a lift after a monthly survey showed that India's manufacturing sector grew for the second straight month in February.

Nifty reclaims 8,900-mark, up 66 points

The NSE 50-share Nifty reclaimed its 8,900-mark, surging 66 points to close at 8,945.80 on fresh buying mainly in realty, metal, FMCG and financial services, banking and healthcare sectors in view of positive GDP data coupled with strong foreign capital inflows.

Higher global advices also boosted the market sentiment.

Shares surged as India's GDP in Q3 December 2016 was higher-than-expected at 7 per cent despite factoring in the note ban impact in the Q3 December 2016.

Strong capital inflows from foreign funds also boosted the market sentiment. They bought shares worth a net Rs 1,146.23 crore yesterday as per the provisional figure issued by stock exchanges. The NSE-50 share Nifty also rose by 66.20 points or 0.75 per cent to close at 8,945.80. The Nifty had dropped by 59.90 points or 0.67 per cent in previous two days.

Other indices gainers were Nifty Realty rose by 3.88 per cent, Nifty Metal 1.83 per cent, Nifty FMCG 1.40 per cent and Nifty Financial services were 1.09 per cent.

Overseas, Asian stocks ended higher after US President Donald Trump struck an optimistic tone in his first major address to a joint session of the Congress. European stocks were also trading in their opening trade.

Meanwhile, Moody's Investors Service said demonetisation will be credit positive for India as it is likely to reduce tax avoidance and corruption.

Both the key indices have rallied by almost 9 per cent in the past two months, largely on the back of a growth-oriented Budget, better-than-expected earnings from bluechip companies and strong global cues.

The government pegged GDP growth at a higher-than-expected 7.1 per cent for 2016-17 despite the cash blues, with manufacturing and agriculture doing exceptionally well, which in turn made India retain the tag of the world's fastest growing large economy.

The GDP projection for the fiscal at 7.1 per cent in the second advance estimate is the same as the first one put out by the CSO in January.

Better Chinese factory readings and a higher opening in Europe amid US President Donald Trump's congressional speech too influenced mood, which led to a higher closing in Asia.

In Asia, Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 0.15 per cent and Japan's Nikkei up 1.44 per cent while Shanghai Composite Index was up 0.16 per cent.

In Europe, London's FTSE was up 0.61 per cent, Paris' CAC 40 1.11 per cent and Frankfurt's DAX 30 1.14 per cent in their early deals.

Stocks of automobile companies led by M&M, Hero Motocorp and Bajaj Auto were in limelight and gained up to 3.13 per cent largely on the back of encouraging sales numbers for February.

Other prominent gainers included Tata Steel, Dr Reddy's, ITC Ltd, Sun Pharma, HDFC Ltd, Axis Bank, Infosys, SBI, Hindustan Unilever, ICICI Bank, Power Grid and Cipla, rising by up to 3.66 per cent.

Out of the 30-share Sensex pack, 21 ended higher while 9 led by GAIL, NTPC, Tata Motors, Bharti Airtel, RIL, Coal India, Lupin and Wipro ended lower, which limited the gains.

The BSE realty index gained the most by surging 3.46 per cent, followed by metal 1.91 per cent, FMCG 1.30 per cent, bank 0.96 per cent and healthcare 0.87 per cent.
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