Benchmark indices ended higher, amid choppy trades, after weak US data dimmed prospects of an interest rate increase by the Federal Reserve next week.
Besides, India’s trade deficit declined sharply to 38.1% to $7.67 billion in August 2016 from $12.39 billion in August 2015. Exports fell 0.3% to $21.52 billion in August 2016 over August 2015. Imports fell 14.09% to $29.19 billion in August 2016 over August 2015.
The S&P BSE Sensex rose 186 points to end at 28,599 and the Nifty50 gained 37 points at 8,780. In the broader markets, BSE Midcap index slipped 0.3% whereas the BSE Smallcap index inched up by 0.2%.
Among key stocks, Power Grid, ITC, Maruti Suzuki, Reliance Industries and Adani Ports surged between 1.5%-2.5%.
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Banks led the major support with the PSU Bank index surging 6.5 percent. State Bank of India and Bank of India rallied 8-9 percent due to stable asset quality in Q1.
Shares of public sector undertaking (PSU) banks have rallied by up to 11% in intra-day trade after the State Bank of India (SBI) and Bank of India (BOI) reported June quarter results in line with the analyst forecast.
SBI and BOI rallied more than 8% each, while Indian Bank, Punjab National Bank, Union Bank of India, Dena Bank, Canara Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Vijaya Bank, Allahabad Bank, Bank of Baroda and Syndicate Bank were up between 3%-6% on the National Stock Exchange (NSE).
The market has ended on a strong note with support from index heavyweights. The Sensex ended up 292.80 points or 1 percent at 28152.40, and the Nifty was up 80 points or 0.9 percent at 8672.15. About 1246 shares have advanced, 1413 shares declined, and 181 shares are unchanged.
SBI was up 7 percent, Axis Bank, Tata Motors, M&M and HDFC were top gainers while Cipla, Infosys, Sun Pharma, Asian Paints and Lupin were losers.
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