The BSE Sensex extended gains for the fourth straight session today soaring by 184 points to reclaim the 26,000-mark after two weeks as inflation dropped to five-month low level and foreign capital inflows rose - markets are also expecting a positive 'mini-Budget' speech from PM Narendra Modi on Independence Day on Friday.
The 30-share Sensex closed at over two-week high of 26,103.23, a gain of 184.28 points, or 0.71 per cent from previous close. The barometer opened higher at 25,948.30 and shot up further to a high of 26,135.00 after WPI-based inflation dipped to a five-month low of 5.19 per cent in July.
In the four sessions, the index gained over 774 points and reclaimed the 26,000-mark for the first time since July 30.
The NSE 50-share Nifty firmed up by 52.15 points, or 0.67 per cent, to finish at 7,791.70 after touching the day's high of 7,796.70.
Stocks of state-owned Oil & Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) ended 2.03 higher after company yesterday posted 19 per cent rise in net profit for the April-June quarter.
Shares of Tata Steel in two-way movements, gained 1.23 per cent despite company's consolidated net profit plunged by 70.38 per cent to Rs 337.33 crore in the April-June quarter.
Brokers said besides encouraging earnings by several blue-chip companies, foreign capital inflows on continued optimism on long term growth prospects of the economy buoyed sentiments.
Major gainers were GAIL India, ITC, Larsen & Toubro, Sesa Sterlite, Cipla, Sun Pharma, Reliance Industries, NTPC, Maruti Suzuki, Mahindra and Mahindra, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, BHEL, Tata Motors and Tata Power.
Shares of Lanco Infratech and Adani Power gained up to 5.05 per cent following a mega deal for a power plant between the two companies.
As many as 22 Sensex constituents ended in the green while 8 ended down.
Meanwhile, Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) bought shares worth a net Rs 718.27 crore yesterday, as per provisional data from the stock exchange.
The stock exchanges will remain closed tomorrow on account of 'Independence Day'.
Sensex gains 184 pts to close at 2-week high
(Reuters) Indian shares rose on Thursday to their highest close in nearly two-and-a-half weeks as blue-chips such as ICICI Bank Ltd gained, tracking higher Asian stocks as soft economic data globally kept up hopes of continued stimulus from central banks.
India's broader NSE index was just 0.6 percent shy of the record