Sensex up 208 pts as lower core inflation fuels rate cut hopes
The Sensex, which had lost nearly 321 points in last three sessions, recovered by 207.89, or 1.07 per cent to 19,570.44, snapping a three-day fall.
On similar lines, the broad-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty regained 5,900 level by rising 57.75 points, or 0.99 per cent to end at 5,908.95.
In 30-share Sensex, 24 stocks led by SBI (3.51 per cent), Maruti (3.43 pc), ICICI Bank (2.29 pc) and HDFC Bank (2.28 pc) and L&T (1.92 pc) ended in positive territory.
RIL, TCS, HUL and ONGC also notched up smart gains.
While 1,420 stocks rose and 1,446 counters fell in overall BSE platform, investor wealth rose by Rs 50,000 crore to Rs 66.94 lakh crore.
Wholesale Price Index (WPI) based inflation rose to 6.84 per cent in February 2013 after falling to a three-year low of 6.62 per cent in the previous month.
However, core inflation – an indicator of demand side pressures on prices – fell below the 4.0 per cent mark for the first time in past 35 months.
"This should give the RBI some elbow room to ease rates in the March 19 policy as monetary policy stance has turned more growth-supportive," said Bhupali Gursale, Economist, Angel
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