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Sensex, Nifty Scale Lifetime Highs On Fund Inflow, Asian Cues; Rupee At 20-month High

The Sensex rose to a high of 30,071.77 points, surpassing a record last hit in March 2015. The NSE Nifty rose as much as 0.4 per cent to a record high of 9,343.15 points, its second consecutive all-time milestone

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The Sensex and Nifty rose to record highs on Wednesday (April 26), buoyed by solid company earnings reports and global market gains, while the rupee hit a 20-month high against the dollar.

The benchmark Sensex rose 0.6 per cent to a high of 30,134.69 points, surpassing its last record in March 2015, while the broader Nifty saw similar gains, hitting an all-time high for the second straight session.

"There is optimism across the globe that is driving markets," said Saurabh Jain, assistant vice-president of research at SMC Global Securities.

"In the domestic market, it is the liquidity factor which is making much of the story in the mid-cap and small-cap stocks."

Foreign investors have bought a net $16 billion in Indian shares and debt so far this year and have been especially aggressive in bond markets, where they are headed foro a third consecutive month of net purchases in April.

At the same time, India has seen a surge in flows from retail investors, many of whom are buying into mutual funds for the first time. Domestic institutional investors bougth a net Rs 7,360 crore ($1.15 billion) in equities so far this year.

The rally has been fueled by strong quarterly results, including IDFC Bank on Tuesday, and hopes for continued foreign inflows as the domestic and global economies improve.

The rupee has received a further boost as the central bank has refrained from any meaningful intervention to curb its sharp gains, as it often has in the past. The rupee has appreciated more than 6 percent against the dollar so far this year.

The rupee strengthened to as much as 63.93 per dollar, its highest since August 2015, compared to its close of 64.2650 on Tuesday, although bonds fell with the benchmark 10-year bond yield up 2 basis points to 6.95 per cent,.

India's third-biggest software services exporter Wipro Ltd rose as much as 3.68 per cent after reporting better-than-expected consolidated net profit on Tuesday, although it disappointed investors with its guidance.

IDFC Bank Ltd gained up to 6.5 per cent to hit its highest in more than two months after posting a 7 per cent increase in March quarter profit on Tuesday.

(Reuters)


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