The market extended its gains today with the benchmark BSE Sensex rising over 200 points to a fresh lifetime high of 36,747.87 in early trade amid buying by domestic institutional investors and easing global crude oil prices. The rally was driven by strong buying on the oil & gas, banking, PSU and realty counters and strength in the rupee.
The 30-share BSE index spurted by 227.91 points, or 0.62 per cent, to hit new high of 36,747.87, surpassing its previous record of 36,740.07 recorded on July 13.
However, at 0950hrs, the index pared some gains and was trading 108.72 points, or 0.30 per cent, higher at 36,628.68.
The gauge had gained 196.19 points in the previous session.
The 50-share NSE Nifty also rose by 62.05 points, or 0.56 per cent, to 11,070.10.
ONGC (2.27%), Bajaj Auto (1.57%) and HDFC Bank (1.44%) were the top Sensex gainers.
Of 30 Sensex stocks, 19 were trading higher.
Bharti Airtel (1.39%), Tata Steel (1.36%) and Vedanta (1.19%) were the top Sensex losers.
Market breadth was positive with 1042 stocks rising compared with 808 falling on the BSE.
Traders said positive cues from other Asian markets, tracking overnight gains in the US market following upbeat remarks from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell during his congressional testimony boosted investor sentiment.
Domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought shares worth a net of Rs 840.06 crore, while foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth a net of Rs 673.99 crore yesterday, provisional data released by stock exchanges showed.
Major gainers include Adani Ports, HDFC Bank, Sun Pharma, ONGC, Coal India, HDFC Ltd, Asian Paint, Wipro, Bajaj Auto, Hero MotoCorp, Maruti Suzuki, Infosys, PowerGrid, L&T, RIL and TCS, rising up to 1.65 per cent.
Sectoral indices led by oil & gas, PSU, realty and banking stocks gained up to 1.12 per cent.
Other Asian markets were trading higher too. Key indices such Japan's Nikkei rose 0.90 per cent, Shanghai Composite Index 0.43 per cent and Hong Kong's Hang Seng 0.29 per cent in early trade.
The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.22 per cent higher yesterday.
(With PTI inputs)