Sensex erases all losses for 2020 with 724 points leap
Mumbai: Equity benchmarks galloped to near nine month-highs on Thursday following across-the-board buying as global markets ratcheted higher despite uncertainty surrounding the US election results.
Rallying for the fourth straight session, the BSE Sensex surged 724.02 points or 1.78 per cent to close at 41,340.16.
The benchmark has closed above the 41,000-level for the first time since mid-February this year.
The Sensex has also wiped off all losses for the 2020 calendar year. It had closed at 41,306.02 on January 1, 2020.
Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty zoomed 211.80 points or 1.78 per cent to finish at 12,120.30.
All Sensex components closed in the green, led by banking, finance, energy, IT and metal counters.
SBI was the top gainer, soaring 5.63 per cent following robust Q2 results.
Tata Steel, IndusInd Bank, Bajaj Finance, Bajaj Finserv, HCL Tech, Asian Paints and Titan were the other prominent winners, spurting up to 5.34 per cent.
Global equities marched higher amid indications that Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden may clinch the US presidential polls, even as the Republicans look likely to retain their slim majority in the Senate.
Meanwhile, the Trump campaign has moved court over the ballot counting process in battleground states like Pennsylvania and Michigan, raising prospects of protracted legal wranglings over the tightly-contested election.
Investors are expecting less confrontational trade policies with China and other countries under a possible Biden presidency, while the Republican-controlled Senate would prevent measures like higher taxes or stricter regulations, analysts said.
"Domestic market moved in tandem with the global market and marched to 8 months high, in expectation that the US presidential election is moving in favour of the Democratic Party.
"Further, investors are expecting new supportive measures from ongoing Fed policy meet while keeping rates unchanged. Positive result season and increasing inflows from foreign markets will help the market to maintain its optimism going forward," said Vinod Nair, Head of Research at Geojit Financial Services.
Barring realty, all BSE sectoral indices closed higher, led by metal (4.43 per cent), oil and gas (3.19 per cent), basic materials (2.57 per cent), energy (2.39 per cent) and bankex (2.14 per cent).
The BSE midcap and smallcap indices jumped up to 1.74 per cent.
Elsewhere in Asia, bourses in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul and Tokyo ended with significant gains.
Stock exchanges in Europe were also trading on a positive note in early deals.
In the forex market, the rupee zoomed 40 paise to close at 74.36 against the US dollar.
Meanwhile, investors wealth on Thursday zoomed by Rs 2.78 lakh crore as markets witnessed heavy buying, with the Sensex reclaiming the 41,000-mark.
The 30-share BSE benchmark jumped 724.02 points or 1.78 per cent to close at 41,340.16.
Helped by across-the-board buying, the market capitalisation of BSE-listed companies rose by Rs 2,78,054.29 crore to Rs 1,62,27,243.78 crore.
All Sensex components closed in the green, with SBI emerging as the biggest gainer, rising 5.63 per cent after its Q2 results.
Tata Steel, IndusInd Bank, Bajaj Finance and Bajaj Finserv were other major gainers, rising up to 5.34 per cent.
Among BSE sectoral indices, metal rose by 4.43 per cent, followed by oil and gas (3.19 per cent), basic materials (2.57 per cent) and energy (2.39 per cent). In the broader market, the BSE mid-cap and small-cap indices gained up to 1.74 per cent.