Mumbai: The BSE Sensex rose in early trade on Thursday on sustained buying by domestic institutional investors (DIIs) mainly in healthcare, oil and gas, realty, PSU banking stocks. The broader Nifty of NSE too traded higher. Brokers said continuous buying by DIIs and retail investors following fresh records on Wall Street on hopes of movement on US tax reform strengthened the sentiment.
The government will issue wholesale price inflation (WPI) after 12.30pm for the month of August. According to Bloomberg analysts’ estimates, WPI will be at 3.2% in August compared to 1.88% in July.
Globally, Japan’s Nikkei moved up 0.04%, while Shanghai Composite Index shed 0.08%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng down 0.36% in early trade. The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.18% higher on Wednesday.
Here are the latest updates from the markets:
■ 11.10am: BSE Sensex trades higher by 74 points, or 0.23%, to 32,260, while the Nifty 50 rises 34 points, or 0.34%, to 10,114.
■ 11.05am: Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd jumped 8% to Rs 143.40 on reports that the company will make rolling stock for bullet trains for which Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe lay the foundation stone on Thursday.
■ 11.00am: Himachal Futuristic Communications Ltd rose 5% to Rs 29.20 after the company said it has exited its corporate debt restructuring program. The stock gained over 100% in last three weeks
■ 10.22am: BSE Sensex trades higher by 102 points, or 0.32%, to 32,289, while the Nifty 50 rises 30 points, or 0.30%, to 10,110.
■ 10.17am: InterGlobe Aviation Ltd falls 1% to Rs1,186.55. The company will conduct a share sale to institutional investors on Friday that will raise for the company and its founders as much as Rs3,945 crore. The company set a price range on Wednesday of Rs1,125-1,175 a share for sale of up to 33.6 million shares, comprising of 22.4 million new shares and 11.2 million existing shares
■ 10.14am: Shares of Cyient Ltd trade 0.73% down at Rs522.05. Cyient said it has signed an agreement to sell its 49% stake in Infotech Aerospace Services Inc. (IASI) to Pratt & Whitney, a unit of US-based United Technologies Corp.
■ 9.30am: BSE Sensex opens higher by 89 points, or 0.28%, to 32,276, while the Nifty 50 rises 36 points, or 0.36%, to 10,106.
■ 9.27am: Oil marketing companies stocks are trading higher. Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd rises 4%, Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd gains 3%, while Indian Oil Corp. Ltd advances 3.4%.
■ 9.25am: Reliance Communications Ltd falls 1.7% to Rs21.45 after the company said Sweden’s Ericsson has filed insolvency petitions against the telecom company and two of its subsidiaries before the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) in Mumbai.
■ 9.22am: Pharma stocks are trading higher. Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd rises 3.2%, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd 1.4%, Lupin Ltd 1%, Cipla Ltd 1%, Divi’s Laboratories Ltd 3.4%, Strides Shasun Ltd 2.2%, Glenmark Pharma 2% and Aurobindo Pharma 1.7%.
■ 9.20am: Religare Enterprises Ltd adds 5% to Rs49. Stake held by SGGD Projects Development Pvt. and associated entities drops to 2.11% from 17.56% as lenders transferred the shares to themselves that were pledged as collateral by the investors.
■ 9.17am: Tata Chemicals Ltd rises 1.7% to Rs647 after the company said it is in talks with Indorama Holdings to sell its Haldia unit.
■ 9.15am: The rupee opens at 64.17 a dollar and touched a low of 64.18 — a level last seen on 7 September. At 9.15am, the rupee was trading at 64.14 a dollar, down 0.22% from its Wednesday’s close of 63.99.
■ 9.13am: The 10-year bond yield is at 6.595% compared to its previous close of 6.586%. Bond yields and prices move in opposite directions.
■ 9.10am: Asian currencies are trading lower ahead of key data on China’s economy and U.S. inflation that will offer a guide for global economic growth and central bank actions. U.S. consumer-price and China’s August industrial production data due on Thursday. South Korean won was down 0.4%, Philippines peso 0.31%, Indonesian rupiah 0.29%, Malaysian ringgit 0.18%, Taiwan dollar 0.16%, China renminbi 0.11%, China Offshore 0.06%. The dollar index, which measures the US currency’s strength against major currencies, was trading at 92.463, down 0.07% from its previous close of 92.52.