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Sensex soars 750 points as investors cheer Q3 GDP data

Bombay Stock Exchange in Mumbai on Monday.   | Photo Credit: Vivek Bendre

The benchmark BSE Sensex surged nearly 750 points and NSE Nifty rallied over 232 points on Monday as investors cheered the domestic economy returning to positive territory after two quarters of contraction.

The 30-share BSE index briefly traded above the 50,000-mark during the mid-session, before ending at 49,849.84, showing a rise of 749.85 points or 1.53%.

Likewise, the NSE barometer Nifty settled with a gain of 232.40 points or 1.60% at 14,761.55.

Of the Sensex constituents, 29 closed with gains.

Top performers were PowerGrid, ONGC, Ultratech Cement, Asian Paint, Kotak Bank and Titan – rising as much as 5.94%.

After two consecutive quarters of contraction, the Indian economy has finally entered an expansionary path.

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew 0.4% in the October-December 2020 period compared with the same period a year back, data released by the National Statistics Office on Friday showed.

Analysts said, the high-frequency indicators were pointing towards the fact that the domestic economy is slowly entering the recovery path.

On Friday,the BSE Sensex had crashed 1,939.32 points or 3.80% – its worst one-day fall since May 4 last year. Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty had plunged 568.20 points or 3.76% – its biggest single-day drop since March 23 last year.

Foreign investors had sold equities worth ₹8,295.17 crore on a net basis on Friday, as per exchange data.

Elsewhere in Asia, bourses closed significantly higher amid some stability in bond markets after last week’s turmoil. Further, progress in the U.S. stimulus package also lent some support to investor sentiments globally.

Meanwhile, the global oil benchmark Brent crude was trading 0.88% lower at $65.39 per barrel.

On the forex market front, the rupee dropped 8 paise to end at 73.55 against the U.S. dollar.

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