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Sensex, Nifty Zoom As Early Trends Show Second-term For Prime Minister Modi

The broader Nifty was up 1.43% at 11,906.15 as of 0350 GMT, while the benchmark Sensex was 1.52% higher at 39,706.36.

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Indian shares surged to record highs on Thursday morning, as early trends showed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was way ahead of its main opposition United Progressive Alliance (UPA), as vote-counting began in the world's largest democracy.

Investor sentiment has been buoyant since exit polls were announced on Sunday, with both the Nifty and the Sensex gaining 3.7% each the next session, a level last seen in 2014. 

"We absolutely believe Nifty will cross 12,000 if NDA manages to secure a majority," said Amit Gupta, chief executive of brokerage firm TradingBells.

"However if this doesn't happen and there is a hung parliament, or UPA comes into power, we can expect to see a huge correction, downside movement up to 10,450."

The broader Nifty was up 1.43% at 11,906.15 as of 0350 GMT, while the benchmark Sensex was 1.52% higher at 39,706.36.

The Nifty rose 64.8% during Modi's first term till Wednesday's close while the Sensex gained 63.6% during the same period.

IndusInd Bank was the top percentage gainer on the Nifty, rising 5%, while State Bank of India Ltd climbed 3.2% higher.

Index heavyweights Reliance Industries Ltd was 2% higher while Housing Development Finance Corp Ltd climbed 2.5%.

Only one stock was trading lower on the Nifty.  

(Reuters)


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