Mumbai: Rebounding from two-month lows, the S&P BSE Sensex on Friday surged by nearly 351 points to end at 19,177.93, as slowing wholesale inflation and strengthening rupee rekindled hopes of rate cut by RBI next Monday.
Breaking 3-day losing run, investors were richer by over Rs 90,000 crore as 13 sectoral indices finished higher with over 1,400 stocks logging gains. Finance Minister P Chidambaram's comment that government would announce steps soon to boost investment and growth, also supported markets.
Sensex resumed higher at 18,959.83 tracking strength in Wall Street yesterday and moved up further to a high of 19,213.10 as rate cut hopes were revived after WPI inflation fell to over three-and-half-year low to 4.7 percent in May.
It ended at 19,177.93, a gain of 350.77 points or 1.86 percent. The index had lost 613.91 points in past three days.
"Supportive global markets, appreciation in rupee and supportive comments from the FM helped improve the sentiment. WPI inflation also came in below expectations, improving sentiments ahead of the RBI policy meeting on Monday," said Dipen Shah, Head of PERCENTG Research, Kotak Securities.
Lower inflation on account of declining prices of manufactured items and recent weak IIP data boosted hopes of monetary action by RBI on June 17, traders said.
Rupee was trading stronger at 57.5 levels against US dollar on good inflows and dollar sales.
In the 30-share Sensex, 26 stocks ended higher led by Hindalco, Tata Motors and Maruti. RIL surged by 3.15 percent on hopes of higher reserves. Infosys inched up after the IT major hiked employee wages. ITC also shot up by 1.41 percent. Tata Motors rose 4.9 percent after JLR posted robust sales.
The NSE 50-share Nifty rose by 109.30 points, or 1.92 percent, to finish at 5,808.40. Similarly, MCX-SX flagship index, SX40, ended 207.09 points higher at 11,386.45.
Also, overall gains in all the major global markets, including Nikkei, Hang Seng and Euro STOXX boosted the trading sentiment here.
Asian stocks ended higher after US economic data surpassed expectations and on bets that the Federal Reserve will signal plans to keep record-low interest rates. Key indices in China, Hongkong, Japan, South Korea and Singapore rose by 0.35 percent to 1.94 percent while Taiwan's Weighted fell.
European markets were also trading up as indices in France, Germany and the UK moved up by 0.36-0.54 percent.
Turning back to the local market, 26 scrips out of the 30-share Sensex ended higher while others finished lower.
Major gainers from the Sensex pack were Hindalco Ind (7.07 percent), Maruti Suzuki (4.09 percent), Tata Power (3.72 percent), L&T (3.41 percent), Bajaj Auto (3.23 percent), ICICI Bank (3.16 percent), RIL (3.15 percent), Tata Steel (3.01 percent) and HDFC (2.66 percent).
M&M (2.66 percent) Sterlite Ind (1.84 percent), Gail India (1.73 percent), HDFC Bank (1.46 percent), ITC (1.41 percent), SBI (1.31 percent) and NTPERCENT (1.24 percent) also went up.
Rupee, which touched a record low of 58.98 earlier this week, has now come back to 57-levels. This has eased risks to inflation, said market experts. However, Amar Ambani, Head of Research, IIFL said: "We think RBI has more justifiable reasons to shift into a wait and watch mode on June 17."
In broader markets, Jet Airways rose by over 8 percent in anticipation of FIPB clearing Jet-Etihad deal.
State-run STC and MMTC which lost 10-15 percent on hectic selling and Apollo Tyres that shed another 5 percent after recent crash, were among notable losers in trade today.
Total market turnover shot up to Rs 2,507.39 crore from Rs 1,841.29 crore yesterday. Meanwhile, Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) sold net Rs 558.06 crore yesterday as per the provisional figures issued by the stock exchanges.