Ahead of the release of the US Federal Reserve’s November policy meeting minutes later in the night, investors avoided making large bets on Wednesday. Benchmark equity indices closed marginally higher as its opening gains in banking, metals and oil and gas stocks were offset by declines in index heavyweights Reliance, Bharti Airtel and IT stocks.
The 30-share Sensex ended 92 points higher at 61,510 while its broader peer Nifty 50 ended above the 18,250 level.
In the Sensex pack, Bajaj Finance, Dr Reddy’s, SBI, Maruti, Kotak Bank, Sun Pharma and NTPC were the top gainers in Wednesday’s trading session, rising about 0.5-1.5%. ICICI Bank, HDFC, Axis Bank, M&M, Tata Steel and HDFC Bank also closed higher.
On the other hand, Power Grid, Tech Mahindra, Titan, Bharti Airtel, Bajaj Finserv, UltraTech Cement and HUL closed lower.
Sectorally, the Nifty Media rose 1.14% and Nifty PSU Bank surged 1.02%. Nifty Financial Services and Nifty Healthcare Index also closed higher. In the broader market, Nifty Midcap50 advanced 0.52% and Smallcap50 increased 0.70%.
Earlier in Asian markets, Japan’s Nikkei 225, China’s Shanghai Composite and South Korea’s Kospi surged 0.61%, 0.26% and 0.53%, respectively.
The rupee declined slightly against the dollar on Wednesday. It ended at 81.84 per dollar, compared with Tuesday’s close of 81.66. While the Brent crude January futures rose 0.10% to $88.45 per barrel.
The market breadth was skewed in favour of bulls. About 1,854 stocks gained, 1,643 declined and 130 remained unchanged.
Mr Nagaraj Shetti of HDFC Securities said the uptrend status of Nifty as per long term charts like weekly is still intact and present consolidation or minor weakness in the market could be considered as a buy on dips opportunity.
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