Nifty hits 8050, Sensex opens firm; L&T up, Wockhardt falls 3%

nifty_up_Boosted by strong global cues, the market opened firm Wednesday. The Sensex is up 152.47 points or 0.6 percent at 26113.25, and the Nifty up 48.90 points or 0.6 percent at 8051.20. About 423 shares have advanced, 79 shares declined, and 20 shares are unchanged.

L&T, GAIL, Wipro, Adani Ports and Cipla are gainers while Dr Reddy’s Labs and Bajaj Auto are losers in the Sensex. Wockhardt is down around 3 percent post US FDA warning letter.

The Indian rupee has touched 8-month low in early trade. It has opened at 68.36 against the US dollar, down 11 paise compared with previous settlement at 68.25 a dollar.

Pramit Brahmbhatt of Veracity says a stronger Dollar index will continue to put pressure on the rupee for the day, as it is trading above the 101 mark.

According to him, the trading range for the USD-INR is seen between 68-68.50 against the US dollar.

The dollar resumed its uptrend helped by a surge in US existing home sales last month that further cemented expectations not only of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike in December, but also of further tightening next year.

Among global markets, Asian stocks crept to one-week highs as investors tried to share in the exuberance of Wall Street, where the three main indices seized record peaks for a second straight session.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan also added 0.3 percent, edging further away from four-month lows hit on Monday.

The Dow closed up 0.35 percent and above 19,000 for the first time. The S&P 500 gained 0.22 percent and the Nasdaq 0.33 percent. Still, the market is starting to look expensive with the S&P 500 trading near 17.3 times forward 12-month earnings, compared to the 10-year median of 14.7, according to StarMine data.

Crude oil prices gave up gains on worries Iran and Iraq were not ready to agree on an OPEC output freeze. Prices earlier rose to the highest level this month on reports cartel members had overcome their internal disputes.

Gold edged lower on after US equities hit all-time highs on market expectations for higher growth and more spending from a Donald Trump presidency. Investors cut holdings for an eighth consecutive session, amid speculation that the Federal Reserve will raise US interest rates next month.

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