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Indian Shares Rise 1% Lifted By Pharma

The NSE Nifty 50 index rises 1.1 per cent to 17,816.25 and the S&P BSE Sensex ended up 0.98 per cent at 59,719.74

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Indian shares ended up 1 per cent on Tuesday in broad-based buying, led by a surge in pharma stocks, even as global markets remained muted, anticipating hefty interest rate hikes from a host of central banks.

The NSE Nifty 50 index rose 1.1 per cent to 17,816.25 and the S&P BSE Sensex ended up 0.98 per cent at 59,719.74.

"People think that the inflation problem in India is not as severe as abroad. Other thing is that we have enough domestic liquidity. We don't have any large initial public offerings that are sucking out money," said Samrat Dasgupta, chief executive officer of Esquire Capital Investment Advisors.

"Many of the defensives have done well today on concerns of over valuation," he added.

Foreign investors on Monday sold $435.6 million worth of Indian equities, Refinitiv Eikon data showed.

Much of the foreign selling is in the large-cap space, Emkay Wealth Management said in a note.

"While the selling by overseas investors has been there in all the emerging markets, the extent to which the currency depreciated is also comparatively less in the case of the domestic economy," Emkay said.

The Nifty pharma index was the top gainer, rising 3.1 per cent

The Nifty bank index, metals index and auto index were the other big movers, adding 1.4 per cent, 1.6 per cent and 1.7 per cent, respectively.

Shares of Indian hospital chain operator Apollo Hospitals Enterprise was the top gainer in Nifty 50 index, rising 5.8 per cent.

Meanwhile, global stocks were little changed on Tuesday, with all eyes on the US Federal Reserve, which is expected to raise rates when a two-day meeting ends on Wednesday.
 
 (Reuters)


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