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Investor buying helps Sensex shed losses

The 30-share BSE benchmark, which had plunged to two-month low in the previous week, bounced back and gained 372.15 to 19,957.59, its biggest surge since November 4.

twitter-logo PTI   Mumbai     Last Updated: November 22, 2010  | 16:51 IST

The Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark Sensex on Monday surged over 372 points, the steepest advance in more than two weeks, on brisk buying, as investors judged the recent fall an overdone amid a firming Asian trend.

The 30-share BSE benchmark, which had plunged to two-month low in the previous week, bounced back and gained 372.15 to 19,957.59, its biggest surge since November 4, backed by Reliance Industries, Infosys Technologies and leading financial stocks.

The broad-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty also rose 119.70 points to 6,010, as investors viewed the recent correction in the markets as a good entry point for picking fundamentally strong shares.

European equities rallied in opening deals as investors welcomed the news that crisis-hit Ireland formally applied for a bailout from the debt crisis.

The heaviest-weighed on the Sensex, Reliance Industries advanced 1.53 per cent to Rs 1,012.10, its biggest gain since November 4, on reports that the company restarted one of its crude distillation units and a coker at its Jamnagar refinery.

The second-heaviest Infosys spurted 2.55 per cent to Rs 3,042.10. The two stocks carry nearly 23 per cent weightage on the benchmark.

In the 30-BSE index components, 27 stocks closed higher while three ended in negative zone.

The banking sector index gained the most - 2.64 per cent to 14,066.42, as stocks of private lenders HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and HDFC recorded handsome gains.

The consumer durable index was second-best performer by adding 2.59 per cent to 6,623.42 followed by information technology sector index 2.50 per cent to 6,036.95. Tech index rose 2.22 per cent to 3,697.87.

The IT and tech sector shares were in demand following a weak rupee against the dollar on expectations of a higher revenue. The Indian software export get over 50 per cent revenue from the U.S. and European markets.

The realty sector index rose 2.01 per cent to 3,237.24, as Lanco Infratech gained 2.11 per cent to Rs 65.40, its highest close since October 27 on reports the government selected seven companies including Lanco, to build 470 megawatt of solar power capacity.

As the buying activity spilled over a wide-front, smallcap sector index rose 1.46 per cent to 10,387.24 and midcap index 1.28 per cent to 8,180.48.

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