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Sensex zooms 359 pts to recover from 8-mth low

The benchmark BSE Sensex snapped its six-day losing run by surging 359 points on Wednesday and rebounded from near eight months low to 26,840.50 on value-buying in blue-chips, BHEL, Bajaj Auto and RIL, after MSCI’s decision to defer inclusion of China?s shares.

Besides, rupee’s recovery against dollar to Rs 63.83 too boosted sentiment. Foreign funds and retail investors started buying after MSCI decided not to add Chinese stocks to its widely tracked emerging-markets index.

The inclusion would have resulted in a sharp increase of China’s weight-age in the index, which would have come at an expense of other emerging markets, including India.

“Deferral of China?s shares into MSCI index, strong global cues and stronger rupee lifted the sentiment,” said Gaurav Jain, Director at Hem Securities. Recovery was so strong that all 12 sectoral indices closed with gains between 0.34 and 2.08 per cent with IT, capital goods, teck, auto, oil&gas, banking and power sectors leading the pack. Overall, 29 out of 30 Sensex scrips gained, while Cipla closed a tad lower. The Sensex opened on a strong footing at 26,517.32 and continued its upward trend to hit day’s high of 26,934.74 on across-the-board value buying in blue-chips. However, due to profit-booking at higher levels, the index slipped at the fag-end and closed 359.25 points or 1.36 per cent higher at 26,840.50. On Tuesday, the gauge had dropped 42 points to 26,481.25, taking its cumulative six days fall to 1,367.74 points. The index had closed at 26,429.85 on October 20 last year. The 50-share NSE Nifty halted its seven-session falling trend and reclaimed the 8,100-mark by surging 102.05 points or 1.27 per cent to close at 8,124.45.

“A relief rally after seven consecutive selling trading session was witnessed at the bourses on the back of short covering, lower level buying,” Jain said. Stocks of BHEL emerged top gainers among 30-Sensex stocks by surging 4.21 per cent to Rs 251.40, followed by Wipro 3.60 per cent to Rs 563.30. Among other Asian markets, China, Singapore and Taiwan ended higher, while Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea finished lower.

Meanwhile, foreign investors sold shares worth Rs 645.02 crore on Tuesday, while domestic investors bought shares worth Rs 692.29 crore as per provisional data. 

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