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Sensex and Nifty end trade at record high after best day in more than two months

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MUMBAI:-The Indian benchmark indices ended trade on Monday at record high with the BSE Sensex 442.31 points up at 38,694.11 while the NSE Nifty 50 rose 134.9 points to 11,692 points. This was Dalal Street’s best day in two months, Bloomberg reported.

The benchmarks rose in line with other stock markets after the United States Federal Reserve boosted investor confidence by reiterating its commitment to a gradual pace of policy tightening. All 19 sector gauges compiled by the BSE Sensex ended higher led by the utilities index, which gained 2.4%.

The top gainers on the Sensex were Power Grid Corporation, Kotak Mahindra, Yes Bank, Bharti Airtel and State Bank of India. The top losers were Sun Pharmaceuticals and Wipro.

The stocks that gained the most on the two indices were Power Grid Corporation, Bharti Airtel and ICICI Bank, while the stocks of Sun Pharma declined the most. The other companies whose shares took a hit in NSE Nifty were Idea Cellular, Bajaj Finserv and Dr Reddy’s Labs.

Other Asian markets also surged on Monday, taking a cue from the record gains on Wall Street on Friday. The Hong Kong Hang Seng ended trade nearly 599.4 points up at 28,271.20 points. Japan’s Nikkei 225 closed at 22,799.64 points, up by 197.87 points. The Taiwan index closed at 10,902.21 points, up by 92.86 points, while the Shanghai SE Composite Index rose 51.47 points to close at 2,780.9 points.

The Indian rupee closed at 70.16 against the US dollar.

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