Sensex rallies 1,028 points energy, FMCG stocks soar

Domestic investors turned positive amid rebound in global peers as most Asian benchmarks ended higher on recovery in China's manufacturing during March as authorities relaxed anti-disease controls and allowed factories to reopen. -  PTI
Domestic investors turned positive amid rebound in global peers as most Asian benchmarks ended higher on recovery in China's manufacturing during March as authorities relaxed anti-disease controls and allowed factories to reopen. - PTI

Mumbai - The 30-share BSE barometer settled 1,028.17 points or 3.62 per cent higher at 29,468.49. Similarly, the NSE Nifty rose 316.65 points, or 3.82 per cent, to close at 8,597.75.



By PTI

Published: Tue 31 Mar 2020, 3:23 PM

Last updated: Tue 31 Mar 2020, 5:39 PM

Equity benchmark Sensex surged over 1,028 points on the last day of the 2019-20 fiscal on Tuesday, led by gains in energy, financial and FMCG stocks amid recovery in global peers even as the number of Covid-19 cases continued to mount.
The 30-share BSE barometer settled 1,028.17 points or 3.62 per cent higher at 29,468.49. Similarly, the NSE Nifty rose 316.65 points, or 3.82 per cent, to close at 8,597.75.
ITC was the top gainer in the Sensex pack, rallying over 7 per cent, followed by Reliance Industries, ONGC, Tata Steel, Tech Mahindra, Sun Pharma and SBI.
On the other hand, IndusInd Bank plunged nearly 15 per cent. Maruti, Bajaj Finance and Titan were the other laggards.
According to traders, domestic investors turned positive amid rebound in global peers as most Asian benchmarks ended higher on recovery in China's manufacturing during March as authorities relaxed anti-disease controls and allowed factories to reopen.
Bourses in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Seoul ended up to 2 per cent higher, while Tokyo closed in the red.
Stocks in Europe were also trading on a positive note in early deals.
International oil benchmark Brent crude rose 3.60 per cent to $27.37 per barrel in futures trade.
On the currency front, the rupee appreciated marginally to 75.54 against the US dollar in intra-day trade.
The number of Covid-19 cases in India surged past 1,200, according to the health ministry. While there are more than 1,100 active cases, nearly 100 people have recovered.
The Indian rupee appreciated by 8 paise to 75.51 against the US dollar in early trade on Tuesday tracking positive opening in domestic equities.
RBI likely to cut interest rates by 100 bps in FY21
The RBI is likely to cut benchmark interest rate by another 100 bps in 2020-21 fiscal and continue to employ all policy tools at its disposal to support growth and financial stability to contain the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on the economy, Fitch Solutions said on Tuesday. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cut benchmark repurchase (repo) rate by 75 basis points and its reverse repurchase rate by 90 basis points at an emergency meeting on March 27. - PTI


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