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Markets hail BJP state wins, anti-people energy policies

Markets hail BJP state wins,  anti-people energy policies
Diwali seems to have come early to Dalal Street as benchmark Sensex on Monday zoomed 321 points, its best single-day gain in over a week, on the back of much-awaited fuel reforms and hopes of Modi government going ahead with further economic initiatives after BJP's wins in state polls.
Buying in auto, capital goods, banking, refinery and power sector shares lifted markets. Overall, 1,600 counters ended in the green. From 12 BSE sectoral indices, as many as 10 barometers ended up while IT and Teck closed in the red. Positive global cues also bolstered sentiments here.

The 30-share Sensex resumed strong at 26,434.16 on firm Asian cues after positive trends on Wall Street last Friday. It hovered in a positive terrain throughout the day in a range of 26,517.90 and 26,368.94, before ending at 26,429.85 — a sharp gain of 321.32 points or 1.23 per cent. Last Friday, it has risen by 109.19 points or 0.42 per cent. Monday's rise was its best since 390.5-point jump on 9 October. The broad-based 50-share CNX Nifty also rose by 99.70 points, or 1.28 per cent, to end at 7,879.40.

‘Participants were optimistic from the early trade on hopes for additional reforms after Narendra Modi's party won election in one state and emerged as single largest party in the other. Additionally, measures taken by the government in the past two days, like deregulating diesel prices and raising the cost of natural gas also aided the sentiment,’ said Jayant Manglik, President-retail distribution, Religare Securities.

Stocks of state-owned OMCs BPCL, HPCL and Indian Oil hogged the limelight and surged up to 7.38 per cent as diesel deregulation will sharply cut subsidy burden of these companies. Sensex constituents ONGC and GAIL ended in positive terrain with gains up to 5.44 per cent.

Tata Motors, Mahindra and Mahindra and Maruti Suzuki were among big gainers in auto space on expectations of higher sales on account of ongoing festive season and hopes diesel deregulation will fuel demand for vehicles. Japanese stocks led a rally in Asian stocks after solid US data and earnings reassured investors worried about the health of the world economy. Key benchmark indices in Japan, China, Taiwan, South Korea Hong Kong and Singapore were up 0.42 to 3.98 per cent.

European stocks, however, dropped in their afternoon trade on tepid financial results of some bluechips. Key indices in France, Germany and the UK were off by 0.53 per cent to 0.85 per cent.

Meanwhile, the provisional data released by the stock exchanges showed that foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth a net Rs 1,430.03 crore last Friday. Jignesh Chaudhary, Head Of Research, Veracity Broking Services said: ‘To start the week, local indices closed on a strong note. They are expected to trade high in coming days which will help rupee to sustain against strong US dollar. Also, the BJP's win in two state elections has raised expectations of additional reforms.’

Overall, 25 scrips out of the 30-share Sensex ended higher while only five counters finished lower.

Major gainers were ONGC (5.44 per cent), Hindalco (4.69 per cent), Tata Motors (3.94 per cent), Axis Bank (3.92 per cent), L&T (2.90 per cent), Coal India (2.60 per cent), Gail India (2.41 per cent) and Maruti Suzuki (2.17 per cent). ‘With quick policy decision making and reforms clearances, we expect the new government to maintain and build higher confidence for FII investors,’ said Rakesh Goyal,Senior Vice President, Bonanza Portfolio. HDFC (2.15 per cent), Sesa Sterlite (2.11 per cent), ICICI Bank (2.09 per cent), Hero Moto (2.08 per cent)and SBI (1.81 per cent) also notched up gains.
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