BSE Sensex hits record closing high at 21,337, Sun Pharmaceuticals share price surges

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BSE Sensex gained 0.41 per cent to 21,337.67 points. (Reuters) BSE Sensex gained 0.41 per cent to 21,337.67 points. (Reuters)
SummaryBSE Sensex gains for third consecutive session as drug makers rallied on earnings optimism.

The BSE Sensex today closed at record high of 21,337.67 points gaining 86.55 points as buying emerged in pharma, metal and banking stocks on expectations of strong corporate earnings and rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) - Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries share price surged by 2.85 per cent on hopes of better earnings.

The 30-share barometer BSE Sensex, which rose for the third straight day, surpassed its previous all-time high of 21,326.42 points set on December 9 when the results of Assembly elections were announced. The Sensex had gained 187.50 in the previous two trading sessions.

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The trading sentiment bolstered following steady inflow of corporate earnings like Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd and HDFC Ltd, brokers said.

"Street beginning to hope for a rate cut. The movement in the Bank Nifty on Tuesday suggests that the markets are beginning to hope for a rate cut at the ensuing meeting of the Reserve Bank of India," brokerage HDFC Securities said. The RBI will announce its monetary policy review on January 28.

The broad-based NSE Nifty rose by 25.15 points to 6,338.95, a little away from record level of 6,363.90. The Bank Nifty rose by 1.49 per cent.

The market received another push on firming trend in the Asian region and higher opening in Europe on signs of improving global economy, brokers said.

In 30-BSE index components, 20 stocks climbed led by Reliance Industries (RIL), ICICI Bank, Infosys Ltd and Dr Reddy's Laboratories.

Cipla Ltd, HDFC Ltd, Hindalco Industries Ltd, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, Tata Steel and Wipro post gains up to 2.28 per cent.

The rally was led by healthcare sector, which surged the most by adding 1.31 per cent to 10,317.28 followed by metal index by 0.93 per cent to 9,823.43. Oil and Gas index rose by 0.76 per cent to 8,709.94 and the realty index by 0.55 per cent to 1,350.98.

Sensex at record high of 21,337.67; pharma, metal shares gain

(Reuters) BSE Sensex rose 0.4 per cent to a record closing high on Wednesday, gaining for a third consecutive session as drug makers such as Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries

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