Monsoon forecast sends India’s benchmark equity indices soaring

Mumbai, April 13 (IANS) Key Indian stock market indices soared on Wednesday morning, cheered by the official forecast that rains this monsoon season will be bountiful, as also on account of a rise in factory output after three months of contraction and a notable fall in retail inflation.

Investors were also bracing for a long weekend with trading holidays on Thursday and Friday.

The sensitive index (Sensex) of the BSE, which has closed at 25,145.59 points on Tuesday, opened on the next day at 25,358.42 points. At around 11 a.m., the bellwether index of 30 shares was trading at 25,554.62 points, up 409.03 points or 1.63 percent.

At the National Stock Exchange, the story was no different. The broader 50-share Nifty which had ended on Tuesday at 7,708.95 points, opened at 7,777.15 points. Subsequently, the index was ruling at 7,836.25 points, with a gain of 127.30 points, or 1.65 percent.

The previous two sessions also saw both indices end on a higher note. On Tuesday, while the Sensex was up 123.43 points or 0.49 percent, Nifty ended 37.55 points, or 0.49 percent, higher. On the previous day, the Sensex rose 348.32 points, or 1.41 percent, and the Nifty was up 116.20 points or 1.54 percent.

Among the 30 sensex stocks, the sole scrip that was in the red was GAIL India. This scrip was down at the NSE as well, along with Tata Consultancy Services. Significantly, each of the 19 sector-specific indices of the BSE were also ruling higher.

On Tuesday, predictions on monsoon came during the trading hours.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that after two straight years of drought, India is likely to be showered with above-average rains during the upcoming monsoon season, with a probability of more than 94 percent precipitation.

Then, after the closing bell, came the twin dose of positive news from the Central Statistics Office that India’s factory output for February logged a growth of 2 percent after three straight months of decline, and annual retail inflation fell to 4.83 percent in March from 5.26 percent in February.

On Wednesday, most Asian-Pacific markets were also trading in the green, with sentiments buoyed by the rise in oil prices that had, in turn, helped US stocks to rise.

Australia’s ASX 200, Japan’s Nikkei, Taiwan’s Taiex, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng were all trading higher.

The markets in South Korea and Thailand were closed.

In an analysis ahead of the opening bell in India, Angel Broking said: “US stocks posted solid gains on Tuesday after initially showing lack of direction. The strength was primarily led by energy stocks which gained on reports of Saudi Arabia and Russia working toward an agreement to cut production.”

The brokerage said the European stocks also rose and closed mostly higher on Tuesday at the end of a choppy session, helped by gains in energy and mining stocks, even as Indian shares ended on a strong note for the second consecutive session.

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