Sensex range-bound in late-morning trade, Nifty above 10,900

Sensex range-bound in late-morning trade, Nifty above 10,900

Mumbai: The benchmark Sensex drew back from its initial record highs to turn range bound in late morning deals, up by 112.27 points or 0.32 per cent on buying in energy, capital goods, realty IT and auto sectors.

Caution crept in ahead of quarterly result to be released later which include key names like Axis Bank and Asian Paints. Profit-booking was witnessed in telecom, metal, utilities and power segments which restricted the index gains.

However, sustained foreign funds inflows, better than expected quarterly result in index heavyweight Reliance Industries sustaining the stock momentum.

The benchmark BSE Sensex trading higher 112.27 points or 0.32 per cent to trade at 35,623.85 at 1140 hrs. Earlier it marked fresh all-time peak at 35,700.72.

The broader Nifty trading above the key 10,900 level at 10,905.40, up by 10.70 points or 0.10 per cent. It marked all time fresh peak at 10,929.85 earlier in the session.

Major gainers were ONGC 4.03 per cent, Reliance 2.44 per cent, TCS 1.58 per cent, Yes Bank 1.41 per cent and HDFC Bank 1.29 per cent. Losers include Asian Paint 2.29 per cent, Bharti Airtel 1.66 per cent and ICICI 1.40 per cent.

Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) bought shares worth Rs 988.25 crore on net basis while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) also bought equities to the tune of Rs 209.86 crore last Friday, provisional data showed.

Most Asian markets were trading higher as investors kept an eye on political developments in the US after a government shutdown began last week.

US stocks finished higher on last Friday, with both the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq ending at records as optimism over corporate earnings outweighed the US government shutdown.


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