As many as 99 stocks on Monday tracked the strong momentum in the broader market and touched their one-year high level on the Bombay Stock Exchange.
The BSE Sensex on its part ended at a closing high of 21,326.42, a gain of 329.89 points or 1.57 per cent, as the BJP swept three out of 4 state polls and boosted hopes that a new government in 2014 general elections would be more business-friendly.
BJP on Sunday handed a severe 4-0 drubbing to Congress in Assembly polls, snatching Rajasthan by a landslide victory and retaining Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. It also leads in Delhi, leaving Congress at the third position in the state after the Aam Aadmi Party made a stellar debut.
Cheering the news, the Sensex rose to a lifetime high of 21,483.74 points in early day before paring some gains to settle at an all-time closing high of 21,326.42.
Among the stocks that touched their 52-week high were Axis Bank, Biocon, JSW Steel and Larsen & Toubro. However, 105 scrips hit their respective one-year low level on the exchange. These include stocks like Videocon Industries and Amar Remedies.
"Sensex hit a new record with 4 month high with the BJP win. With BJP winning in three big states, the investors see India as a great marketplace to invest. BJP being called a more business-friendly government, leaves a great impression on Sensex after the first day opening post results," said Praveen Nigam, MD, Amplus consulting.
Among the 30-Sensex stocks, 26 ended the day in green led by ICICI Bank that rose by 5.16 per cent.
Of the 13 BSE sectoral indices, 12 made gains where bankex and capital goods stocks were the best performers.
Besdies, following the buoyant market mood, the total investor wealth soared by about Rs 75,000 crore to Rs 68.44 lakh crore.