Sensex rises for 4th day, up 39 pts as ICICI Bank, L&T gain

The 30-share index rose by 38.79 points, or 0.19 percent, to 20,286.12. It has gained 556 points in last three trading sessions.

Updated: May 17, 2013, 18:12 PM IST

Mumbai: Continuing its upward march for the fourth straight day, the BSE benchmark Sensex on Friday rose by 39 points to close at fresh 28-month high of 20,286.12 helped by buying in ICICI Bank, L&T and Infosys shares amid increased capital inflows.

After a sedate start, the 30-share index rose by 38.79 points, or 0.19 percent, to end the day at 20,286.12 -- the highest since 20,301.10 on January 5, 2011.

It has gained 594.45 points or 3 percent in 4 days. On a weekly basis, Sensex has gained just 0.81 percent.

The National Stock Exchange index -- Nifty -- today rose by 17.40 points, or 0.28 percent, to 6,187.30. Also, MCX-SX flagship index SX40 rose 18.03 points, or 0.15 percent, to end at 11,972.52.

Brokers said the market remained bullish on reports of higher foreign fund inflows on optimism about a rate cut by RBI in the wake of falling inflation numbers.

A better trend in Asian region and higher opening in Europe further influenced the trading sentiment, they added.

Most Asian stock ended higher. European stocks showed a mixed trend in their early trade.

Power, Capital Goods and Realty sectors attracted good buying. Bhel was the best performer with shares jumping by 4 percent on FII buying.

Banking scrips were in demand on hopes of interest rate cut with ICICI Bank (1.92 percent) and SBI (0.41 percent) among gainers.

ITC ended 0.62 percent down after posting Q4 results. Bharti Airtel and Sterlite Ind. were among major losers.

Outside major indices, JM Financial rose by 13.4 percent after the company said former Citigroup chief Vikram Pandit will buy stake in the firm and lead proposed banking foray.

Globally, benchmark indices in China and Japan today rose by 0.67 percent to 1.38 percent while indices in Singapore and Taiwan declined by 0.09 percent to 0.26 percent. Stock markets in Hong Kong and South Korea were closed today.

European stocks showed a mixed trend in their early trade as indices in UK and France inched up by 0.10 percent to 0.10 percent while Germany's DAX eased by 0.06 percent.

US stocks fell on Thursday after reports said Federal Reserve may pullback the central bank's easing programmes earlier than expected.

Moving back to the domestic market, 16 scrips out of the 30-share Sensex pack ended higher while 14 scrips finished lower. Major gainers from the Sensex were BHEL (4.00 percent), NTPC (2.24 percent), ICICI Bank (1.92 percent), L&T (1.84 percent), Bajaj Auto (1.44 percent).

However, Bharti Airtel dropped by 1.96 percent, followed by Dr Reddy's Lab (1.80 percent), Sterlite Ind. (1.32 percent) and Maruti Suzuki (1 percent).

Among the sectoral indices, S&P BSE-Power rose by 3.08 percent, followed by S&P BSE-CG (2.96 percent), S&P BSE-Realty (2.02 percent) while S&P BSE-CD eased by 0.72 percent and the S&P BSE-HC by 0.39 percent.

Total market breadth continued to show negative trend as 1,245 stocks finished higher while 1,112 stocks ended lower. 142 stocks ruled steady.

"Foreign fund flow has been strong as well. Investors are also betting on an aggressive reduction in interest rate following the April inflation numbers which came at sub 5% after a long period of time," said Sanjeev Zarbade, Vice President- Private Client Group Research, Kotak Securities.

Foreign Instituional Investors (FIIs) continued their buying spree by investing net Rs 1,070.33 crore yesterday as per the provisional figure from stock exchanges.