Sensex, Nifty set fresh records; banks, refiners lead gains


India's stock exchanges set new records with the Benchmark indices Sensex and Nifty opening at new record highs on 12 January 2018.

Globally, Asian stocks closed mostly higher after oil prices rallied overnight and China dismissed media reports that officials have recommended slowing or halting purchases of USA debt. Positive trade in global market and expectation of revival in domestic earnings from H1FY18 is upholding the healthy sentiment.

Overseas, European stocks edged higher amid good earnings.


Sensex was higher by 106 points at 32,079, While Nifty was up by 30 points at 10,682. The broader Nifty also strading up by 22.45 points, or 0.21 percent at 10,673.65.

Stock markets scaled fresh all-time peaks in the closing trade on Friday, propelled by financials and energy stocks, as investors awaited the monthly inflation data for clues on the central bank's monetary policy.

"There is a little bit of hesitation seen ahead of key macro data coming later in the day".

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Other prominent gainers included ONGC, RIL, Dr Reddy's, HDFC Ltd, L&T, IndusInd Bank, Tata Motors and M&M, rising by up to 1.26 percent.

In the Sensex kitty, private lender ICICI Bank emerged as the best performer with a rise of 2.63 percent, followed by Maruti Suzuki at 1.27 percent.

Losers included UPL, Aurobindo Pharma, Lupin, Bharti Airtel, Bosch, Ambuja Cement and ITC.

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Back home, the breadth, indicating the overall health of the market, was strong. The indexes posted a weekly advance of 1.3% and 1.2% respectively.

Total securities that hit their price bands were 212. The market capitalisation of listed firms on the NSE stood at Rs 1,53,21,627.92 crore.

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