Key indices at record highs, Nifty50 closes above 10600-mark

Indian stocks scale a new peak

Indian stocks scale a new peak

The broader NSE Nifty was up 0.55 percent at 10,616.40 as of 0542 GMT, after earlier rising as much as 0.61 percent to hit a record high of 10,623.20. 30-share BSE Sensex jumped 62.50 points to open on 34,216.33 and the broader 50-share NSE Nifty gained 29.45 points to start trading on 10,534.25.

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Major gainers that helped both the key indices to scale new highs were Sun Pharma, Yes Bank, Dr Reddy's, L&T, Infosys, HDFC Ltd, Power Grid, ONGC, Coal India, ICICI Bank, Indusind Bank, Hero MotoCorp, Tata Steel and Tata Motors, gaining up to 3.72 per cent.

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Bulls kept tight control over Dalal Street on first day of the week as benchmark indices ended at fresh record closing high yet again on Monday, tracking positive global cues and after GDP estimates. Sensex too, touched the fresh peak of 34,356.07.

The Nifty50 rose by 54.05 points or 0.51 per cent to close at 10,558.85 points while the Sensex closed at 34,153.85 points - up 184.21 points or 0.54 per cent.

Traders said sentiment remained upbeat on continuous foreign fund inflows and unbated buying by investors amid expectations of encouraging quarterly earnings and hopes of growth-oriented budget next month.

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FPIs bought shares to the tune of Rs 581.43 crore while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) purchased shares worth a net Rs 243.13 crore last Friday, as per provisional data from the stock exchanges.

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