Sensex up 125 points in early trade
The benchmark BSE Sensex recovered over 125 points in early trade on Thursday on emergence of buying by funds and retail investors amidst a firming trend in global markets after Federal Reserve’s upbeat outlook on the U.S. economy.
The 30-share index rose by 125.27 points, or 0.50 per cent, to 25,371.521 points with capital goods, power, consumer durables, realty and auto sector stocks leading the recovery. The index had tanked 274.94 points in Wednesday’s trade after unrest intensified in Iraq, threatening rise in crude import costs. On the similar lines, the National Stock Exchange index Nifty surged by 37.95 points, or 0.50 per cent, to 7,596.15.
Brokers said fresh buying by funds and retail investors, triggered by a better trend on other Asian bourses following overnight gains in the U.S. markets fuelled by upbeat comments on the economy by the Federal Reserve.
The Fed said the economic growth has rebounded in recent months and kept its short-term interest rates unchanged. However, it cut its monthly bond-purchase programme to $35 billion from $45 billion.
Among other Asian markets, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose by 0.36 per cent, while Japan’s Nikkei was up by 1.62 per cent in early trade on Thursday. The U.S. Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.58 per cent higher in the previous session.