US budget deal, India economic data drive Sensex to 2-yr peak, Nifty to 6K mark
After opening on a strong note at 19,693.30 points, the BSE benchmark continued its upward march to touch session's high of 19,756.68. It finally settled with a gain of 133.43 points, or 0.68 per cent, at 19,714.24 points, its highest closing since January 6, 2011.
Yesterday, Sensex closed at 20-month high, fuelling expectations that stocks may breach life-time high soon.
"Market can touch an all-time high (21,206.77) before March," said Motilal Oswal Financial Services CMD Motilal Oswal.
A strong upmove in shares of ICICI Bank, SBI and HDFC, supported by rise in RIL and ONGC and auto pack, including Bajaj Auto, Maruti Suzuki and Tata Motors, helped Sensex log gains today.
Similarly, the 50-scrip NSE index Nifty, which breached the 6,000 mark today for the first time in two years, closed at 5,993.25 points -- a rise of 42.40 points, or 0.71 per cent. It had touched the intra-day high of 6,006.05.
Meanwhile, overcoming Republican resistance, the US House of Representatives late yesterday night passed the "fiscal cliff" bill by 257 to 167 votes, ending a dramatic New Year's Day showdown over income taxes and deep federal spending cuts.
"The New Year has begun on a promising note thanks to some positive global factors,"
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