Sensex vaults 348 points on hopes of good monsoon; IT big winner

Buoyed by expectations of a good monsoon this year, the BSE Sensex regained the 25,000-mark Monday by rebounding 348 points to snap its two-day losing run, as investors widened their bets in bank and IT sectors in the last two hours of the session.

Sensex vaults 348 points on hopes of good monsoon; IT big winner

Mumbai: Snapping its two-day losing run, the benchmark BSE Sensex Monday zoomed by 348 points to regain the 25,000-mark on hopes of a good monsoon while investors widened bets in IT sector in the last two hours of the session ahead of the March quarter earnings, starting with Infosys.

The broader NSE Nifty too topped the 7,600-level.

Guidelines issued by Reserve Bank last week about priority sector loans, whereby banks can buy and sell such credits to manage their priority sector lending requirements, supported the upside.

The BSE banking index surged by 1.67 percent, whereas in individual stocks, SBI gained 2.76 percent, Axis Bank perked up 1.99 percent and ICICI Bank jumped 1.54 percent.

Hopes of a strong performance by IT firms in the upercentoming quarterly earnings, beginning Friday with Infosys, also boosted the sentiment. Wipro and TCS jumped by more than 3 percent while Infosys gained 1.46 percent.

Meanwhile, the government today said after two years of deficient rainfall monsoon this year is expected to be normal.

"El nino condition is declining. It is expected that La Nina will takeover and will perhaps favour a good monsoon this year," Agriculture Secretary Shobhana K Patnaik said.

Met Department's prediction will be out later this month.

Sensex resumed higher at 24,789.40 and hovered in a range of 25,049.92 to 24,523.20 before ending at 25,022.16, showing a recovery of 348.32 points or 1.41 percent. The gauge had lost 226.79 points in the previous two sessions.

The NSE Nifty crossed the 7,600-mark in a volatile trade. At the close, it was higher by 116.20 points or 1.54 percent, at 7,671.40. It hovered between 7,678.80 and 7,516.85.

Bharti Airtel stole the show by climbing 4.20 percent to Rs 348.35 after the company announced that it will buy 4G spectrum of Aircel in eight circles for Rs 3,500 crore.

BHEL continued its winning run for a third straight session, rising 4 percent, as it closed the last fiscal with a strong order book of Rs 43,727 crore, highest in five years.

Overseas, Shanghai Composite index closed 1.64 percent up. In Hong Kong, Hang Seng rose 0.35 percent while Singapore and Taiwan moved up by 0.03 percent to 0.25 percent as also Japan and South Korea fell by 0.09 percent to 0.44 percent.

Europe was trading narrowly mixed. Indices in France and Germany firmed up by 0.26 percent to 0.67 percent while the UK's FTSE was quoted lower by 0.04 percent.

"Market witnessed a rebound led by improved expectations of the fourth quarter earnings. Mid and large caps claimed more attention as investors have started accumulating the stocks ahead of the results," said Vinod Nair, Head of Research at Geojit BNP Paribas.

Meanwhile, mid-cap and small-cap indices rose by 1.09 percent and 0.63 percent, respectively.

Eyes are on tomorrow's CPI and IIP data, which is looking positive, Nair added.

Out of the 30-share Sensex pack, 26 scrips ended higher.

Major gainers were, Adani Ports (4.54 percent), Bharti Airtel (4.20 percent), BHEL (4.00 percent), Tata Motors (3.67 percent), Wipro (3.36 percent), TCS (3.21 percent), SBI (2.76 percent), Tata Steel (2.76 percent), NTpercent (2.32 percent), Axis Bank (1.99 percent), Hero MotoCorp (1.93 percent) and L&T (1.86 percent).

However, Lupin fell by 1.51 percent followed by Cipla 0.58 percent, Dr Reddy's 0.4 percent and M&M 0.04 percent.

Among BSE sectoral and industry indices, telecom rose by 3.89 percent, power (2.10 percent), auto (2.00 percent), IT (1.92 percent), industrials (1.83 percent), metal (1.78 percent), utilities (1.71 percent) and capital goods (1.70 percent).

The market breadth remained positive as 1,490 stocks ended higher and 1,097 declined while 125 ruled unchanged.

The total turnover rose to about Rs 3,854 crore from Rs 1,956.81 crore on Friday.