Sensex rises over 100 points in early trade on positive global cues

Maruti, Asian Paints, Kotak Bank and HDFC were among the laggards.

Equity benchmark Sensex rose over 100 points in early trade on August 24, tracking gains in index majors Infosys, Tata Steel and Reliance Industries amid a positive trend in global equities.

The 30-share index was trading 148.72 points or 0.27% higher at 55,704.51, while the broader NSE Nifty advanced 49.15 points or 0.30% to 16,545.60.

Tata Steel was the top gainer in the Sensex pack, rising around 3%, followed by Tech Mahindra, NTPC, L&T, PowerGrid, IndusInd Bank and UltraTech Cement.

On the other hand, Maruti, Asian Paints, Kotak Bank and HDFC were among the laggards.

In the previous session, Sensex ended 226.47 points or 0.41% higher at 55,555.79, and Nifty rose 45.95 points or 0.28% to 16,496.45.

Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) were net sellers in the capital market as they offloaded shares worth ₹1,363.36 crore on August 23, as per provisional exchange data.

“Domestic equities look to be good as of now. Benchmark indices witnessed high volatility in recent period especially after FOMC meeting minutes, which essentially indicates that liquidity-driven market might come to an end,” said Binod Modi, head strategy at Reliance Securities.

Notably, the minutes of the RBI’s Monetary Policy Committee meeting held at the beginning of this month continues to show its commitment to ensuring policy support to sustain economic recovery despite select members showing some apprehensions about high inflation and pitching for gradual normalisation in ultra-loose monetary policy, he stated.

Elsewhere in Asia, bourses in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul were trading with strong gains in mid-session deals.

U..S equities recovered sharply as investors focused on the likelihood of dovish tone from Federal Reserve Chairman in the Jackson Hole Symposium later this week, Mr. Modi said.

Meanwhile, international oil benchmark Brent crude rose 0.23% to $68.53 per barrel.

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