Mumbai, May 4 (PTI) Market benchmark Nifty rallied to a

record close of 9,359.90 while the BSE Sensex reclaimed the

30,000-mark today as investors cheered reform steps in the

banking and infra space.

Banking stocks surged up to 9 per cent following the

government’s decision to bring an ordinance to empower the

Reserve Bank to effectively deal with bad loans, brokers said.

The Cabinet yesterday also announced a policy aimed at

boosting steel output and consumption.

Sentiment also remained upbeat following strong earnings

by the country’s biggest private lender ICICI Bank and the US

Federal Reserve’s decision to keep its policy rate unchanged.

The 50-share NSE Nifty spurted 47.95 points, or 0.51 per

cent to end at a lifetime high of 9,359.90. It shuttled

between 9,365.65 and 9,323.25 during the session.

Its previous record closing of 9,351.85 was registered on

April 26.

The BSE Sensex stayed in the positive terrain through the

session and zoomed to 30,169.95 before settling 231.41 points,

or 0.77 per cent higher at 30,126.21 — its highest level

since April 26 when it closed at a record high of 30,133.35.

“Government is one step closer to new NPA policy and the

national steel policy has given some energy to the market.

“Fed kept the rates on hold amid slow pace in economic

growth but the market is not expecting any deviation from two

more hikes in this calendar year,” said Vinod Nair, Head of

Research, Geojit Financial Services.

Bank Nifty soared to close at an all-time high of

22,720.10 after touching an intra-day record peak of

22,743.70, with Canara Bank, SBI, Axis Bank, Bank of Baroda,

Punjab National Bank, IDFC Bank and Federal Bank rising by up

to 6.47 per cent.

Shares of ICICI Bank touched a 52-week high of Rs 299.90

before settling 9.24 per cent higher at Rs 297.95, driven by a

five-fold jump in March quarter profit.

On the macro front, services sector grew for the third

straight month in April but the pace of growth moderated amid

slower rise in new business and employment, the Nikkei India

Services Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) showed today.

Meanwhile, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares

worth a net Rs 517.74 crore yesterday, as per provisional data

released by the stock exchanges.

Globally, European stocks were higher in their early

trade as investors assessed the outlook for US interest rates.

London’s FTSE climbed 0.40 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX 30

gained 0.20 per cent, while Paris CAC 40 rose 0.20 per cent.

Back home, 18 scrips in the 30-share Sensex pack ended

higher, while the remaining 12 closed with losses.

Major gainers were ICICI Bank 9.24 per cent, Adani Ports

3.68 per cent, Axis Bank 3.63 per cent, SBI 3.27 per cent, HUL

2.36 per cent, ITC 1.41 per cent, Asian Paints 1.29 per cent

and Hero Motocorp 0.77 per cent.

However, Tata Motors fell 2.27 per cent, ONGC 1.15 per

cent, M&M 0.89 per cent, Cipla 0.84 per cent, Reliance 0.84

per cent and TCS 0.44 per cent.

Among the sectoral indices, Bankex rose 2.32 per cent,

Consumer Durable 1.41 per cent, Finance 1.38 per cent and FMCG

1.08 per cent.

The BSE Mid-cap and Small-cap indices rose 0.48 per cent

and 0.36 per cent respectively.

The market breadth turned positive as 1,453 stocks

advanced, 1,406 stocks finished in red and 146 ruled steady.

The total turnover on BSE rose to Rs 4,462.32 crore from

Rs 4,235.86 crore yesterday.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.