The domestic stock markets are trading more than one per cent higher, extending the gains witnessed in the Budget week, on the back of positive global cues. At 10:19 am, the BSE Sensex is at 51,394.75, higher by 662.45 points or 1.2 per cent and the NSE Nifty is trading at 15,107.75, up 183 points or 1.23 per cent. The broader markets are also going strong, with the BSE Midcap index and BSE Smallcap index adding 1.2 per cent and 1.3 per cent respectively. All the BSE sectoral indices are trading in the green, with auto and financial stocks leading the way.
Asian shares hovered near record highs on Monday while oil edged closer to $60 a barrel on hopes a $1.9 trillion Covid-19 aid package will be passed by U.S. lawmakers as soon as this month just as coronavirus vaccines are being rolled out globally.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was last up 0.2 per cent at 717.2, not far from last week’s record high of 730.6. Japan’s Nikkei climbed 0.3 per cent, while Australian shares advanced 0.5 per cent led by technology and mining shares.
US stocks extended their recent rally on Friday and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq indexes scored their biggest weekly percentage gains since the US elections in early November, boosted by optimism over earnings, stimulus talks and progress on vaccine rollouts.