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BSE Sensex gains 265 pts, Reliance Industries jumps 1.69 per cent

The BSE Sensex regained the 19,000-level by surging the most in three months, led by buying on hopes of more measures to boost economic growth and interest rate cut amid a rally in global markets.

BT Online Bureau | March 5, 2013 | Updated 19:46 IST

The BSE Sensex on Tuesday regained the 19,000-level by surging the most in three months, led by buying on hopes of more measures to boost economic growth and interest rate cut amid a rally in global markets.

Brokers said the market remained bullish after Finance Minister P Chidambaram said the government will soon announce more measures to boost economic growth.

The 30-share index of the Bombay Stock Exchange spurted by 265.21 points, or 1.40 per cent, to close at 19,143.17, recording its biggest single day gain since November 29.

The market-heavy Reliance Industries shot up by 1.69 per cent to Rs 826.30 after Morgan Stanley upgraded its rating on the stock. The second heavy Infosys rose by 0.62 per cent to Rs 2.920.95, while ICICI Bank spurted by 3.36 per cent to Rs 1,093.80.

The three stocks carry nearly 20 per cent weightage on the Sensex.

The 50-share National Stock Exchange index Nifty shot up by 85.75 points, or 1.50 per cent, to 5,784.25 led by stocks of Reliance Industries, Infosys and State Bank of India.

Banking and interest-sensitive stocks were on the fore-front on expectations of interest rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in its policy review this month.

"Rate-sensitive sectors like Banking and Realty rebounded from lower levels on expectations of probable rate cut by RBI this month, " said Rakesh Goyal, Sr Vice President, Bonanza Portfolio Ltd.

Trading sentiment further bolstered as Asian stocks surged and European stocks rose to over four-year high amid speculation that central banks around the world will continue with measures to support economic recovery.

In 30-BSE index components, 25 stocks advanced while five closed lower. The realty sector index gained the most by 3.13 per cent 1,947.03 followed by metal index by 2.65 per cent to 9,128.59. Banking index rose by 1.89 per cent to 13,528.53 and auto index by 1.78 per cent to 10,720.39.

With inputs from PTI

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