Stocks close at record high, Nifty nears 10000

BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty open at record highs

Healthy quarterly results, coupled with intense buying activity witnessed in index heavyweights such as HDFC Bank, Reliance Industries (RIL), ITC and Infosys, lifted the key Indian equity indices - the BSE Sensex and the NSE Nifty - to record highs on Monday.

The 50-share NSE Nifty advanced 24.05 points, or 0.24 percent, to scale lifetime high of 9,939.30. It touched a record intra-day high of 32,320.86 points.

The broader index ended up 0.52 percent at 9,966.40, its highest close ever, while the benchmark BSE Sensex ended 0.68 percent up at an all-time closing high of 32,245.87.

Markets surged to trade on record high on today's trade but Nifty failed to trade in the historic 10,000 level.

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"A latest report from the International Monetary Fund, in which it projected India's growth at 7.7 per cent in 2018 helped sentiments".

Among BSE sectoral indices, consumer durables index gained the most by 1.1 per cent, followed by FMCG 0.96 per cent, IT 0.77 per cent and TECk 0.74 per cent.

However, Dr. Reddy's Laboratories (down 1.09 per cent), Vedanta (down 0.89 per cent), Asian Paints (down 0.72 per cent) and Tata Steel (down 0.65 per cent) were trading in red.

The rupee dropped by 11 paise to 64.43 against the USA dollars in Monday's opening session thanks to fresh demand from importers for United States currency. Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) bought shares worth a net Rs 12.90 crore last Friday, as per provisional data.

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