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Barometers hit fresh intraday high
(15-Apr-2019  , 14:20 Hours IST)

Key equity benchmarks firmed up further and hit fresh intraday high in mid-afternoon trade. At 14:19 IST, the barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, was up 166.65 points or 0.43% at 38,933.76. The Nifty 50 index was up 50.05 points or 0.43% at 11,693.50.

Indices opened higher and extended gains in mid-morning trade. Positive cues from other Asian markets boosted investors sentiment. Trading was range bound in early afternoon trade. Benchmarks firmed up once again and hit fresh intraday high in mid-afternoon trade.

Among secondary barometers, the BSE Mid-Cap index was up 0.62%. The BSE Small-Cap index was up 0.74%. Both these indices outperformed the Sensex.

The market breadth, indicating the overall health of the market, was positive. On BSE, 1461 shares rose and 1014 shares fell. A total of 186 shares were unchanged.

Most private sector banks advanced. Kotak Mahindra Bank (up 1.27%), Federal Bank (up 1.09%), IndusInd Bank (up 1.04%), HDFC Bank (up 0.50%), RBL Bank (up 0.45%), City Union Bank (up 0.33%), ICICI Bank (up 0.23%) and Axis Bank (up 0.10%), edged higher. Yes Bank was down 0.34%.

Public sector banks were mixed. Bank of Maharashtra (up 2.29%), United Bank of India (up 1.45%), State Bank of India (up 0.78%), Andhra Bank (up 0.69%), Punjab National Bank (up 0.64%), Punjab & Sind Bank (up 0.49%), UCO Bank (up 0.27%) and Corporation Bank (up 0.18%), edged higher. Bank of Baroda (down 0.11%), IDBI Bank (down 0.34%), Allahabad Bank (down 0.37%), Union Bank of India (down 0.54%), Syndicate Bank (down 0.59%), Canara Bank (down 0.62%) and Indian Bank (down 0.73%), edged lower.

Most realty shares jumped. Godrej Properties (up 4.34%), D B Realty (up 3.70%), Sobha (up 2.81%), Oberoi Realty (up 2.26%), Unitech (up 1.54%), Parsvnath Developers (up 1.46%), Phoenix Mills (up 1.44%), Sunteck Realty (up 1.38%), DLF (up 0.77%), Anant Raj (up 0.74%), Prestige Estates Projects (up 0.66%) and Mahindra Lifespace Developers (up 0.15%), edged higher. Omaxe (down 0.19%), Housing Development and Infrastructure (HDIL) (down 0.37%), Peninsula Land (down 1%) and Indiabulls Real Estate (down 1.12%), edged lower.

On the economic front, India's industrial production (base year 2011-12=100) growth moderated sharply to 20-month low of mere 0.1% in February 2019, compared with 1.4% growth recorded in January 2019. The industrial production growth for January 2019 has been revised downwards from 1.7% increase reported provisionally.

The all-India general CPI inflation rose to 2.86% in March 2019 (new base 2012=100), compared with 2.57% in February 2019. However, the core CPI inflation eased to 5.02% in March 2019 compared with 5.29% in February 2019.

Overseas, most shares in Europe and Asia were trading higher on Monday with investors reacting to developments in US-China trade talks. Investors also cheered Chinese data on Friday showing exports rebounded in March to a five-month high while new bank loans jumped by far more than expected.

Over the weekend, US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said he was hopeful the US-China trade talks would soon come to a close. He said Saturday that a US-China trade deal would go way beyond previous agreements between the two nations, and that the two sides were close to the final round of negotiations, media reported.

US stocks closed higher Friday after a series of strong bank earnings boosted confidence in the US economy.

On the data front, US import prices rose sharply in March for the second straight month. The import price index climbed 0.6% last month after a revised 1% gain in February. Further, the University of Michigan said its consumer sentiment index fell to 96.9 in April.

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