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Indian stock indices gradually recovered from the easing of early morning volatility to close near daily highs on Friday. While IT, media stock, and PSU banks all traded higher since morning, NBFCs and private banks reversed the start of the decline. In contrast, consumer durables were weaker in retail. Sensex closed at its highest level since February 17, 2023. On the other hand, Nifty closed at its highest level since February 16, 2023.
Major indices increased weekly on Friday after breaking last week’s three-week streak. Nifty posted its biggest gains in 39 weeks, or nine months, from the last week of July 2022.
Global stocks swapped earlier gains as data showing economic resilience and ongoing inflationary pressures raised expectations for further rate hikes in the United States and Europe.
Japanese shares increased by 1.5% after the Central bank doubled its stimulus pledge. The Bank of Japan left its short-term interest rate at minus 0.1% at its first meeting under a new governor Kazuo Ueda.
Europe’s Stoxx 600 stock index declined along with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq futures as sentiment was dampened by Amazon.com Inc.’s warning that growth at its main cloud-computing business is slowing.
The S&P BSE Sensex Index ended up by 0.76% or 463 points at 61,112.44, while the NSE Nifty 50 Index increased by 0.84% or 150 points to 18,065.
Larsen & Toubro Ltd., Reliance Industries Ltd., Nestlé India Ltd., Industrylnd Bank Ltd., and Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. contributed positively to this development.
Broader stock indices closed gains and outperformed their largest peers; The S&P BSE MidCap Index increased by 1.32%, while the S&P BSE SmallCap Index increased by 0.91%.
Nineteen of the 20 sectors tracked by BSE grew, while only the S&P BSE Consumer Durables saw a trading decline.
The breadth of the market has tipped in favour of buyers. On the BSE, around 2,249 shares rose, 1,249 declined, and 131 remained flat.
All sectors were up this week. The Nifty PSU Bank Index and the Nifty Realty Index led. At the same time, the Nifty Pharma Index and the Nifty Media Index produced the lowest returns of any industry index included by the NSE.