Late buying helps Sensex jump 270 points; RIL, ICICI Bank shine

Equity benchmark indices Sensex and Nifty bounced back from intra-day lows to settle higher on Wednesday, supported by a fag-end buying in market heavyweights Reliance Industries, ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank.

After a muted opening, the BSE benchmark swung between gains and losses before settling 271.50 points or 0.38% higher at 71,657.71. The index hit a low of 71,110.98 and a high of 71,733.84 during the session.

The Nifty advanced 73.85 points or 0.34% to 21,618.70.

“The weakness in global indices continued to weigh down the domestic indices with every up move. The market is looking for fresh triggers for a direction, and the release of U.S. and Indian inflation data may provide a near-term direction in the market.

“The investor’s focus will be shifted to the earnings season, on a sequential basis, the earnings growth is likely to be lower, while the expectations for auto, capital goods, and cement will remain strong,” said Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services.

Reliance Industries was the biggest gainer in the Sensex pack, rising 2.69%, followed by HCL Tech, ICICI Bank, Tata Motors, Wipro, IndusInd Bank, JSW Steel, Wipro, Tata Consultancy Services and Titan.

In contrast, NTPC, Power Grid, UltraTech Cement, Axis Bank, Infosys and Nestle were the major laggards.

In Asian markets, Tokyo settled in the green while Seoul, Shanghai and Hong Kong ended lower.

European markets were trading mostly in the green. The U.S. markets ended mostly lower on Tuesday.

Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) offloaded equities worth ₹990.90 crore on Tuesday, according to exchange data.

Global oil benchmark Brent crude dipped 0.19% to $77.44 a barrel.

The BSE benchmark ended marginally higher by 30.99 points or 0.04% at 71,386.21 on Tuesday. The Nifty ended 31.85 points or 0.15% up at 21,544.85.

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