Taking the stock market rally to the second consecutive day, its barometer posted a 128-point jump today on the back of positive cues from the European markets and smart gains in the banking blue-chips and the market leader Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL).
The 30-share benchmark index settled the day at 15,813.36 points, up 128.15 points or 0.82 per cent, after reversing the losses suffered earlier in the day. This was the highest closing level in a week or since December 15, when the Sensex had settled at 15,836.47 points.
The Sensex today opened on a weak note this morning and lost further ground by early afternoon trade, but a smart recovery thereafter helped it end the day on a positive note.
At one point of time, the Sensex was down over 200 points.
Analysts said that the recovery was mainly driven by positive cues from the European markets, while sentiments also got a boost from the government data showing a decline in the food inflation to lowest level in about four years.
This marked the second straight day of gains in the Sensex after yesterday, when the index had seen a 510-point rally after five consecutive days of downhill journey.
Today's rally was mainly led by gains in banking giants like ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and SBI, while blue-chips like RIL, Tata Motors and ITC also added to the positive movement in the BSE's benchmark index.
Another benchmark index, the NSE's 50-share Nifty index, also gained 40.7 points or 0.87 per cent to close at 4,733.85.
However, the analysts said that today's upsurge was not as broad-based as the previous trading session and was also marked with sharp volatile moves.
While banking stocks managed to gain further ground, the shares of technology firms were seen losing sheen amid concerns over global economic slowdown.
The experts also said that a sustained dip would be necessary on the inflation front, before it could lead to lowering of interest rates and higher consumer spending. "There was recovery in the market after weekly food inflation declined to 4-year low. Moreover, European markets surged due to impressive US and European data," said Motilal Oswal Securities' Parag Doctor said.
Bonanza Portfolio's Shanu Goel said that that sentiments turned negative for IT stocks as global technology giant Oracle's quarterly results missed market expectations.
"Lower than expected results renewed fear of lower IT spends in the wake of slower economic growth. However, a sharp pullback was witnessed in afternoon trade