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Sensex jumps 428 pts, Nifty nears 12,100; UK-linked stocks rally

US and China are close to finalising a modest trade agreement that would suspend tariffs.

Updated: Dec 13, 2019, 04.27 PM IST
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.5 per cent.
Mumbai: Benchmark equity index Sensex rallied 428 points on the back of a slew of positive developments globally such as easing US-China trade tensions and a sweeping win by Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party in the UK elections, which boosted risk appetite.

BSE’s 30-share Sensex closed 1.05 per cent or 428 points higher at 41,009.71, while NSE’s 50-share Nifty rallied 0.96 per cent or 114.90 points to close at 12,086.70.

The US and China were close to finalising a modest trade agreement that would suspend tariffs that are set to kick in Sunday, de-escalating their 17-month trade war.

Johnson was re-elected as British prime minister with a landslide majority in the country’s general elections, a victory that will end the uncertainty over Brexit and will help him to take the UK out of the European Union by the end of next month.

Markets at a glance
The bulls were back in the driver’s seat, with gainers beating losers in the ratio of 1.6:1 on BSE.

All the sectoral indices, except BSE Telecom index closed in the green. BSE Metals index and BSE IT index rose the most as they climbed 2.30 per cent and 1.68 per cent, respectively.

As many as 24 out of 30 Sensex stocks closed higher. Financials and energy-to-telecom conglomerate Reliance Industries contributed the most to the index’s gains. Private lender Axis Bank (67.79 points) contributed the most as it rose 4.24 per cent. Mortgage lender HDFC (57.66 points) followed next as it rose 1.49 per cent. RIL (53.76 points) added 1.12 per cent.

Shares of YES Bank advanced 2.87 per cent after ET reported that the private sector lender is seeking exemption from the market regulator to raise funds under the qualified institutional placement (QIP) programme as a backstop for its ongoing plan to sell stake via preferential allotment.

The UK-linked companies rallied on hopes that Brexit would happen soon. Shares of Tata Motors, which earns around 16 per cent revenue from the UK thanks to its subsidiary Jaguar Land Rover, gained 1.90 per cent. Bharat Forge was up 3.51 per cent and Motherson Sumi gained 3.99 per cent.

Analysts’ views
“The bulls marched ahead and continued with momentum. All signs suggest that the bulls are in a mood to push market higher towards fresh all-time highs. However, over the weekend, global as well as local triggers are lined up, which could create some volatility going ahead. Near term support is placed at 11,980 zone,” -- Amit Shah, Technical Research Analyst, Indiabulls Ventures.

“Market continued its winning streak fuelled by trade deal optimism and positive cues from the UK election. Global growth sentiment helped domestic indices to subside weak CPI and industrial data in the near term. Midcap and smallcap stocks also participated in the rally. We believe this potential change in risk appetite may help investors to look beyond the polarised market,” -- Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services.

Global market
A surge for London-listed companies brought European stock markets within striking distance of an all-time high on Friday, as investors cheered the likelihood of an orderly Brexit after a landslide election victory for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Reuters reported.

Asian share markets jumped as a last-gasp Sino-U.S. trade deal and a likely major election win by Britain’s Conservative Party looked to have cleared a couple of dark clouds from the global horizon, a Reuters report said.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan put on 0.5 per cent.
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