Millennium Post (Kolkata)

Markets extend gains to second day as Sensex jumps 260 points; Nifty tops 14,550


MUMBAI: The Sensex and Nifty closed in the green after a volatile session on Thursday as investors accumulate­d banking, finance and select IT counters despite an unabated rise in COVID-19 cases.

After gyrating 877 points during the day, the 30-share BSE Sensex ended 259.62 points or 0.53 per cent higher at 48,803.68. Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty advanced 76.65 points or 0.53 per cent to 14,581.45.

TCS topped the Sensex gainers’ chart, climbing 3.67 per cent, followed by ONGC, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Dr Reddy’s, HDFC, Axis Bank and HCL Tech. On the other hand,

Infosys was the biggest loser, dropping 2.65 per cent after its

March 2021 quarter earnings missed market expectatio­ns.

The IT services major had on Wednesday posted a 17.5 per cent rise in net profit to Rs 5,076 crore for the March quarter, and announced up to Rs 9,200 crore buyback offer at a maximum price of Rs 1,750 per share.

IndusInd Bank, Maruti, Nestle India, Bajaj Finance and UltraTech Cement were among the other laggards, shedding up to 2.54 per cent. Sectorwise, BSE metal, bankex, power, energy, oil and gas, finance and telecom indices rose as much as 1.48 per cent, while auto, realty and FMCG ended with losses. Broader BSE midcap and smallcap indices underperfo­rmed, shedding 0.10 per cent.

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