Markets end with modest gains; financial stocks extend rally

MUMBAI: Equity benchmarks Sensex and Nifty closed in the green for the third straight session on Tuesday, propped up by financial stocks amid firm global cues.
Lack of buying triggers and profit-booking in index heavyweight Reliance Industries capped the gains for the benchmarks, traders said.
After a choppy session, the BSE index ended 44.80 points or 0.12 per cent higher at 38,843.88.
The NSE Nifty inched up 5.80 points or 0.05 per cent to close at 11,472.25.
Bajaj Finance was the top gainer in the Sensex pack, rallying 4.39 per cent, followed by SBI, Tech Mahindra, Asian Paints, Bajaj Finserv, ICICI Bank, IndusInd Bank and Axis Bank.
On the other hand, NTPC, Sun Pharma, Nestle India, Tata Steel, L&T, Infosys and Bajaj Auto were among the laggards, shedding up to 1.61 per cent.
Global markets were largely positive after the US and China affirmed their commitment to a phase-1 trade deal.
“Indian markets exhibited characteristic volatility, trading undecidedly, before ending flat with a slight positive bias. This was in spite of positive global cues after the US and China reaffirmed their commitment to a previous trade deal and also due to progress in virus vaccine development.
“In the Indian markets this positivity was offset by losses in index blue-chips. The markets are trading uncertain due to lack of domestic triggers. Investors are advised to remain cautious and keep booking profits whenever possible,” said Vinod Nair, Head of Research at Geojit Financial Services.
BSE bankex, finance, industrials, auto and consumer durables indices rose up to 1.23 per cent, while realty, utilities, FMCG, metal and IT closed with losses.
Broader BSE mid-cap and small-cap indices rose up to 0.51 per cent.
Meanwhile, the Reserve Bank of India said it will conduct simultaneous purchase and sale of government securities under Open Market Operations (OMO) for an aggregate amount of Rs 20,000 crore in two tranches.
In rest of Asia, stock markets in Tokyo and Seoul ended with gains, while Shanghai and Hong Kong finished in the red.
Stock exchanges in Europe were trading on a positive note in early deals.
Global oil benchmark Brent crude was trading 0.39 per cent higher at USD 45.82 per barrel.

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