Sensex, Nifty end week with minor gains; 5 key things to know

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Published: December 15, 2018 2:25:51 PM

The benchmark indices -- Sensex and Nifty -- on Thursday ended session with minor gains even as investors remain cautious on account of important RBI meeting.

On NSE Nifty, twenty nine out of the 50 stocks ended in the green.

The benchmark indices — Sensex and Nifty —  on Thursday ended session with minor gains even as investors remain cautious on account of important RBI meeting. Sensex closed the session 150,57 points higher to 35,929.64, while the Nifty 50 closed below the psychological 10,800-level. Sensex this week gained 0.8 per cent, a net change of 290 points from December 7.

The top 5 BSE Sensex gainers for this week were – Yes Bank, Hero Motocorp, ONGC, SBI, and  Bharti Airtel.

The list of 5 major laggards for the week include HDFC, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Reliance Industries, Adani Ports, and HDFC Bank.

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On NSE Nifty, twenty nine out of the 50 stocks ended in the green. The major gainers were Bharti Airtel, BPCL, Yes Bank, IOC  and Coal India.

FMCG, information technology and PSU bank stocks led the gains. However, the losses in finance and pharma capped the upside.

Rupee, bonds, forex market

“The rupee fell 21 paise against the dollar, to close at 71.90. This was the second consecutive weekly fall for the rupee on the back of year-end dollar outflow. U.S Dollar index has surpassed the crucial resistance of 97 and has been sustaining above it. Rising dollar index could put Asian market currencies under pressure. Dollar strengthened against Euro as ECB’s Mario Draghi lowered growth forecast for Europe”, VK Sharma, Head PCG & Capital Markets Strategy, HDFC Securities.

For the fourth week in a row, bond market saw gains as corporate bond issuances up by more than 12 percent month on month in November, highest in FY19. “Forex market is likely to remain volatile ahead of U.S, U.K and Japan meet for the monetary policy scheduled next week,” he added.

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