Sensex rebounds, up 194 points in early trade

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US stocks edged higher on Monday as technology shares bounced back. (Reuters) US stocks edged higher on Monday as technology shares bounced back. (Reuters)
SummaryThe 30-share barometer lost over 77 points in the past two trading days.

The BSE benchmark Sensex today recovered by over 194 points in early trade on fresh buying by funds and retailers on expectations of a rate cut by the Reserve Bank in its monetary policy review next week.

The 30-share barometer, which has lost over 77 points in the past two trading days, rose by 194.08 points, or 1 per cent, to 19,603.77, led by gains in stocks of healthcare, consumer durables, banking and realty sectors.

Similarly, the wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty moved up by 31.10 points, or 0.52 per cent, to 5,940.00.

Brokers said fresh round of buying by major players on hopes of an interest rate cut by RBI in its December 18 mid- quarter monetary policy review amid a mixed trend in Asian markets buoyed the trading sentiment.

Meanwhile in Asia, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose 0.37 per cent, while Japan's Nikkei shed 0.22 per cent.

The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.11 per cent higher in yesterday's trade on expectations that Federal Reserve will take fresh economic stimulus measures this week.

GLOBAL MARKETS ROUNDUP

* Nifty futures on the Singapore Exchange 0.45 percent higher. The MSCI-Asia Pacific index excluding Japan is also 0.14 percent up.

* US stocks edged higher on Monday as technology shares bounced back after recent weakness and McDonald's posted strong monthly sales.

* Asian shares and the euro steadied on Tuesday, drawing support from expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will take fresh economic stimulus measures this week.

FACTORS TO WATCH

* Bharti Infratel IPO opens for retail subscription.

* Banking reform bill likely to be voted in India's parliament.

INDIAN STOCKS TO WATCH

MACRO/POLICY

* The Indian government on Tuesday is expected to seek a vote in the lower house of parliament on easing voting rules of shareholders to attract foreign investment and separately allow the central bank more powers. (Reuters)

* The finance ministry is looking to shave off nearly 5 percent or around 700 billion rupees from its budgeted expenditure for the year by insisting that government departments release funds only after accounting for money

released earlier and ensuring that they do not bunch spending in the last quarter, according to government officials.

* The finance ministry has asked the Reserve Bank to consider giving infrastructure status to the housing sector, and relax provisioning norms for it so banks can extend attractive loans to buyers.

* Insurance regulator, IRDA

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