The benchmark S&P BSE Sensex soared 385 points to a one-week high today as the partial US government shutdown eased fears among investors of the Federal Reserve tapering its stimulus programme. The index was boosted by shares of heavyweights Reliance Industries, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and HDFC Bank. Twelve of the 13 sectoral indices gained, led by metals, banks and IT stocks.
The 30-share BSE Sensex opened higher at 19,585.79 and advanced to the day's high of 19,929.24 before ending at 19,902.07, a gain of 384.92 points or 1.97 per cent.
The 50-share NSE Nifty rose 129.65 points, or 2.24 per cent, to finish at 5,909.70. The SX40 index on the MCX Stock Exchange closed at 11,853.27, up 233.36 points or 2.01 per cent.
"With the US government shutdown, the likelihood of the Fed tapering its quantitative easing program any time in the immediate future is reduced, thus helping the Indian equity and currency markets," said Raghu Kumar, co-founder of brokerage firm RKSV.
A delay in tapering the Federal Reserve's monetary stimulus would ease concerns about investors pulling out from emerging market assets.
Trading sentiment also strengthened after the rupee gained against dollar.
Investors renewed buying on expectations economic growth would improve in the second half of the fiscal year. The government today said it would increase capital infusion in PSU banks to help them to enhance exposure to the auto and consumer durables sectors.
Asian stocks ended mixed after a measure of China's service sector rose. The Hang Seng index in Hong Kong gained 1 per cent and the Taiex index in Taiwan climbed 1.73 per cent. Japan's Nikkei 225 was down 0.09 per cent while the Straits Times Index in Singapore eased 0.25 per cent.
European stocks were mixed in early trade. The German DAX and France's CAC 40 were down, while the UK's FTSE was up.
US stocks fell yesterday as investors watched for progress on ending an impasse over federal spending that shut the government for the second day.
In the domestic market, 27 Sensex shares advanced, while Hindustan Unilever and ITC fell and NTPC ruled steady.
Apart from Sesa Goa and Bajaj Auto, the major