Sensex closes above 31,000 for first time ever, up almost 2% for the week

Markets continued their bull run to settle at fresh closing highs on Friday with the S&P BSE Sensex scaling past the 31,000-mark and the broader Nifty50index hitting 9600-mark for the first time ever as higher derivatives rollover led to strong follow-up buying in index heavyweights on the first day of June series.

Settling at fresh closing high, the 30-share Sensex ended at 31,028, up 278 points. The index was up 1.8% for the week. On the other hand, Nifty50 also ended at new peak of 9,595, up 85 points with a weekly gain of 1.7%.

Both frontline indices peaked fresh highs at intra-day level also. The S&P BSE Sensex rallied as much as 324 points to hit its new high of 31,074 surpassing its previous peak of 30,793 reached yesterday, while the broader Nifty50 gained 95 points to touch its fresh high of 9,592, overriding the previous milestone of 9,432, hit on May 17.

Broader market outperformed benchmark indices with the S&P BSE Midcap and the S&P BSE Smallcap indices gaining 2% and 1.6% respectively.

Index heavyweights lifted the rally with Reliance Industries gaining 2.7%. Tata Steel surged as much as 5.9% to Rs 514, its highest since September 2014. The stock ended 5.4% higher.

Maruti Suzuki, up 1.3% which reported its results for the quarter ended March last month has been on an uptrend since then. The stock has rallied over 30% so far in the year 2017.

Among losers, Videocon Industries which shed 10% continued to nosedive for the third consecutive session as investors continued to dump the stock. The scrip hit its lower circuit again in the opening minutes. Bearishness in the stock has continued following banks’ declaring the company’s debt as a non-performing asset. Dena Bank and Central Bank of India declared the company as an NPA on their books.

Cipla fell 3%, to its eleven-month low after posting a quarterly loss against analysts’ expectations.

Here are some picks from the week gone by.

Company: ITC Ltd. CMP: 306.10 Mastermind

Company: State Bank of India CMP: 289.00 Mastermind

Company: Piramal Enterprises CMP: 2734.00 Mastermind

Company: Lupin Ltd. CMP: 1112.00 Mastermind

Company:  Sun Pharma CMP: 565.75 Mastermind

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