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Highlights of actions / actions: The benchmark stock indexes on the BSE and the National Stock Exchange (NSE) climbed more than 1.5% to new all-time highs on Thursday thanks to purchases in all sectors and in heavyweight stocks such as Reliance Industries (RIL) and the HDFC twins – comprising HDFC Bank and Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC).
The S&P BSE Sensex rose 958.03 points (1.63%) to end at a record high 59,885.36. Earlier in the day, the benchmark BSE had jumped 1,029.92 points (1.75%) to break through the 59,900 mark for the first time ever and hit a new intraday high of 59,957 , 25.
Likewise, the Nifty 50 climbed 276.30 points (1.57%) to finish at an all-time high of 17,822.95. The NSE barometer previously crossed the 17,800 mark for the first time to hit a record 17,843.90.
On the Sensex pack, Bajaj Finserv, Larsen & Toubro (L&T), HDFC, Axis Bank, State Bank of India, RIL, IndusInd Bank, HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank were the best winners of the day. In contrast, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, ITC and NestlÃ© India were among the losers.
Among sector indices, the Nifty Realty index was the best performer of the day with an 8.66% jump led by Oberoi Realty, Godrej Properties and DLF. The Nifty Financial Services index jumped 2.28% thanks to Piramal Enterprises, Bajaj Finserv and HDFC. Key Bank Nifty rose 2.24%, led by RBL Bank, Axis Bank and IndusInd Bank.
Among the broader market indices on BSE, the S&P BSE MidCap Index finished at 25,489.70, up 323.16 points (1.28 percent). Gains here were led by Oberoi Realty, Godrej Properties, and Indian Hotels. The S&P BSE SmallCap closed at 28,108.92, up 252.82 points (0.91%). Cantabil Retail India, Welspun India and JBM Auto were the main winners in the small cap segment.
(with contributions from agencies)