Zee Media Bureau
Mumbai: The BSE benchmark Sensex rallied by over 467 points Friday on speculations that Federal Reserve could maintain monetary stimulus to the US economy next year on fears of the 16-day partial US government shutdown, which ended this week, curbing economic growth there.
The market sentiment was boosted by data showing that foreign funds made substantial purchases of Indian stocks yesterday. They bought shares worth net Rs 1,109.93 crore yesterday, as per provisional data from the stock exchanges.
Shares of banking, realty, metal and refinery sectors moved up sharply on good demand from operators and investors.
The BSE-30 share barometer Sensex resumed higher at 20,486.78 and firmed up further to a high of 20,932.23 before quoting 20,882.89 points.
It showed a gain of 467.38 points or 2.29 percent from its last close.
The NSE 50-share index Nifty also moved up by 143.50 points or 2.37 percent to 6,189.35.
Asian markets were trading mostly higher after latest data showed that China's economic growth accelerated in Q3 September 2013.
Key benchmark indices in Singapore, China, South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan rose by 0.13-0.68 percent while indices in Indonesia and Japan fell 0.05-0.06 percent.
US stocks ended mostly higher yesterday, lifting the S&P 500 to a record finish, as Wall Street turned from the latest fiscal drama on Capitol Hill to corporate earnings.
With PTI Inputs
First Published: Friday, October 18, 2013, 13:41