Indian markets continued their record-setting spree with Sensex today jumping over 117 points to settle at new closing peak of 26,560.15 and Nifty rising 31 points to closing high of 7,936.05 on hopes of a fresh Eurozone stimulus and as investors cheered upbeat US data.
The Sensex, which rose for the fifth straight day, has closed at a new peak in each of last three sessions. Brokers said trading activity also picked up pace ahead of the expiry of monthly equity derivatives on Thursday.
Defence stocks were in the limelight and rose by up to 20 per cent today after government notified increase in FDI limit to 49 per cent through approval route in the sector.
The benchmark S&P BSE 30-share Sensex resumed on strong footing and traded in a range between 26,599.12 and 26,492.50 before registering its fresh closing high of 26,560.15, a net rise of 117.34 points or 0.44 per cent. It surpassed its previous closing peak of 26,442.81 logged yesterday.
The 50-issue CNX Nifty of the NSE also opened higher and moved in a tight range of 30 points before ending up by 31.30 points or 0.40 per cent at 7,936.05 -- new closing peak. Its previous peak on closing basis was 7,913.20 (August 22).
Select shares from refinery, auto, IT, consumer durables, banking and FMCG segments were in demand. Realty, power and metal sectors attracted profit-booking.
"Positive global cues and likelihood for further monetary stimulus from European Central Bank (ECB) boosted the market sentiment...Stocks from oil & gas sector also gained on hopes of proper reforms for subsidies," said Nidhi Saraswat, Senior Research Analyst, Bonanza Portfolio.
Sentiments remained upbeat after Oil Ministry said it will seek Cabinet nod for freeing diesel prices after retail rates achieve parity with global levels, and has proposed to cut subsidy payout by upstream firms like ONGC and Oil India by half, said Jayant Manglik, President-retail distribution, Religare Securities.
Most Asian indices rose tracking US stocks that jumped anew Tuesday after data showed consumer confidence rose in August for a fourth straight month, to its strongest level since February 2008. Also, durable goods orders surged in July to a new monthly record.
Europe was under pressure with the FTSE (UK) mildly up as "Ukraine issue was in focus", said Kiran Kumar Kavikondala, Director & CEO, WealthRays Securities.
Asian stocks, except the index in Hong Kong, concluded higher with gains between 0.09 per cent and 0.98 per cent.
However, European barometers were trading narrowly mixed with a downward bias on worse-than-expected German confidence data. The CAC (France) was last trading up 0.06 per cent and the DAX (Germany) by 0.07 per cent while the FTSE was down by 0.04 per cent.
Meanwhile, data showed Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) had injected Rs 364.72 crore yesterday as per provisional data from the stock exchanges.
In Sensex today, 21 scrips ended higher. Major gainers include ONGC (2.31 per cent), ICICI Bank (2.05 per cent), Tata Motors (1.70 per cent), Hero MotoCorp (1.61 per cent), Bajaj Auto (1.49 per cent), Dr Reddy's Lab (1.26 per cent), Wipro (1.19 per cent) and HUL (1.02 per cent).
Among Sensex laggards, Sesa Sterlite dropped by 1.67 per cent, NTPC 1.45 per cent and BHEL 1.29 per cent.
The total market breadth turned positive as 1,606 stocks closed in the green while 1,379 that ended in the red. Total equity turnover rose to Rs 2,926.84 crore from Rs 2,804.76 crore yesterday.