Sensex, Nifty extend gains as FB buys 10% stake in RIL

Sensex, Nifty extend gains as FB buys 10% stake in RIL

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Domestic  benchmark indices continued the morning rally as the S&P BSE Sensex jumped 442.67 or 1.44 per cent  to 31,079.38 while NSE Nifty traded 92 points higher at 9,074 around 11.30 am.

After opening on a positive note, slightly higher than yesterday’s closing levels, S&P BSE Sensex swung into the red, down 270 points only to recover later.

Sensex jumped as much as 219.43 points to touch 30,856.14 in the first few minutes of trade, and the broader Nifty benchmark rose up to as high as 9,030.80, up 49.35 points from the yesterday’s close. 

Markets witnessed heavy buying in stocks of Reliance Industries after news reports that Facebook will invest Rs 43,574 crore in its telecom arm.  

RIL was the top performer on both benchmark indices. Stocks of RIL jumped 7.33 per cent to Rs 1,326, providing maximum to the Sensex, while Maruti Suzuki, Sun Pharma, UltraTech Cements, Asian Paints and Larsen &Toubro added more than a per cent each. 

On the NSE, RIL shares rose as much as 8.27 per cent to Rs 1,339.70 apiece at the strongest level in morning trade.

Oil exploration company ONGC was the biggest loser amid supply glut in crude markets, down 6.21 percent at Rs 64.95 while Bajaj Finance dropped 2.77 per cent to Rs 2,040. PowerGrid Tata Steel, NTPC and IndusInd Bank were other top laggards.

Yesterday, the Nifty had closed 3.03 per cent lower at 8,981.45 and the Sensex down 3.2 per cent at 30,636.71, amid losses across sectors led by financial, auto and metal stocks.

Meanwhile, the oil panic is spilling over into stock markets in Asia as the collapse of oil prices continues to prompt investors to digest that demand worries could last for several months.

Asian markets declined today for a second session 

Japan’s Nikkei (N225) and South Korea’s Kospi (KOSPI) fell 1.6 per cent and 0.6 per cent, respectively. In morning trade. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index (HSI) fell 0.9 per cent, while China’s Shanghai Composite (SHCOMP) edged down 0.2 per cent. However, both HSI and SHCOMP were last up 0.1 per cent and 0.3 per cent, respectively. 

Yesterday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost about 630 points, bringing its weekly fall to more than 1,000 points, while the S&P 500 fell more than 3 per cent.

US oil futures dived as much as 11 per cent to $10.26 a barrel, reversing a rise during early Asian trading hours. They were last down 3.3 per cent to $11.16. The price of a barrel of West Texas Intermediate crude to be delivered in June settled yesterday at $11.57, though down as low as $6.50.

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused oil demand to slump so rapidly that the world is running out of storage spaces for barrels that nobody wants. A new deal last week by Saudi Arabia and Russia — with other major oil producers — to reduce supply by a record amount has failed to convince traders that the negative effects of the supply glut will ease any time soon.

According to Worldometer, the total number of Covid-19 cases in India has reached 20,111,  with 645 of them dead, while the global tally stands at 2,557,837 and 177,674 have died so far.