Sensex snaps 5-week losing streak, recovers 100 points
Mumbai: The S&P BSE benchmark Sensex snapped 5-week losing streak by surging 100 points on fresh buying mainly in the last three days in view of recovery in the rupee, amid Prime Minister's assurance on currency and growth of the economy.
Receding fears of an imminent attack on Syria after British lawmakers voted against military action in the House of Commons, which had kept global oil prices under pressure, also boosted market sentiment.
Frantic short-coverings ahead of the expiry of derivative contracts on August 29 too helped to the rise.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told Parliament that the country will face "short-term shocks" but exuded confidence that growth in the current fiscal will rise to 5.5 percent, up from a decade's low of 5 percent in 2012-13. He acknowledged that growth in the first quarter will be relatively flat.
On the rupee, Singh said, "The sudden decline in exchange rate is certainly a shock, but we will address this through other measures, not through capital controls or by reversing reforms."
The Sensex resumed higher at 18,602.56 and dropped below 18,000 level to 17,448.71 due to heavy selling pressure following sharp depreciation of rupee to an all-time intra-day low of 68.85 against the dollar on August 28 on concerns over rising subsidy burden after the passage of the Food Security Bill and possibility of military action against the Syria.
However, it recovered later due to appreciation of rupee value against the dollar on steps taken by the Central bank amid heavy buying by Life Insurance Corporation (LIC), the country's biggest institutional investor to 18,728.19 before finishing at 18,619.72, disclosing a gain of 100.28 points or 0.54 percent. It had dropped by 1,630.41 pts or 8.09 percent in the previous five weeks.
The RBI late Wednesday allowed the three state-owned oil companies to buy dollars from the Central bank. The PSU oil companies are the biggest buyers of dollars, requiring USD 8-8.5 billion every month for the import of an average 7.5 million tonnes of crude oil.
The NSE 50-share Nifty also ended marginally higher to 5,471.80 from 5,471.75 last weekend's level.
Shares of IT, Teck and pharma sectors firmed up sharply on good demand from operators while PSU, Banking, Realty, Consumer Durable and Capital Goods fell on heavy selling.
Major gainers were TCS 10.67 percent, Dr Reddy lab 8.29 percent, Wipro 7.92 percent, Hero motocorp 6.79 percent, Cipla 5.29 percent, HUL 4.49 percent, RIL 3.97 percent and Bajaj Auto 3.33 percent; while, losers were ONGC 9.85 percent, ICICI bank 5.63 percent, M&M 4.11 percent, Maruti Suzuki 3.96 percent, Bharti Airtel 3.26 percent, HDFC 3.05 percent, SBI 2.89 percent and Tata power 2.88 percent.
Among the sectoral indices, the S&P BSE-IT rose by 6.40 percent followed by Teck 5.06 percent and BSE-HC 3.52 percent; while BSE-PSU fell by 4.54 percent, Bankex 4.51 percent, Realty 4.08 percent, BSE-CD 2.24 percent and BSE-CG 2.08 percent.
Mid-cap and Small-cap indices also dropped by 1.09 percent and 1.07 percent, respectively, on selling from retail investors.
Total turnover at BSE and NSE rose to Rs 11,676.94 crore and Rs 70,714.25 crore, respectively, from the last weekend's level of Rs 10,330.76 crore and Rs 63,431.07 crore.
Meanwhile, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) sold shares worth a net Rs 2,983.05 crore during the week including the provisional figure of August 30.