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Sensex gains 27 points; Tata Steel up 4.37% on robust earnings

PTI Mumbai | Updated on February 16, 2011

Stock brokers at the Bombay Stock Exchange. (file photo) -- Paul Noronha   -  Business Line

Stock markets rallied for the fourth straight session on Wednesday, with the BSE benchmark Sensex ending 27 points up at 18,300.90 on continued buying by funds and retail investors amid strong third quarter earnings posted by Tata Steel.

In a volatile trade, touching a high of 18,358.84 and a low of 18,216.12, the Bombay Stock Exchange barometer index Sensex ended the day 27.10 points up at 18,300.90.

Buying activity was more pronounced in metals, realty and consumer durables stock.

The gauge had risen nearly 812 points, or over 4.5 per cent in the past three sessions.

National Stock Exchange’s broad-based Nifty also ended a shade higher by 0.70 point at 5,481.70 after shuttling between 5,504.80 and 5,460.35.

Stock brokers said reports that foreign funds have been net buyers on the Indian bourses in the past few sessions and strong Q3 earnings posted by Tata Steel buoyed the trading sentiment, triggering buying by retail investors.

There was value buying in stocks with strong fundamentals and investor created fresh positions on expectations of a further upward journey in the coming sessions. They shrugged off mixed trend on the other Asian bourses.

Tata Steel shares gained 4.37 per cent at Rs 643.50 after the steelmaker posted an over two—fold jump in consolidated net profit to Rs 1,003.02 crore for the quarter ended December 31, 2010.

Sterlite Industries gained 0.15 per cent to Rs 163.80, while Jindal Steel and Power rose 3.97 to Rs 674.80 on hopes of pick up in demand for metals.

The BSE realty sector index gained the most by rising 2.09 per cent to 2,156.96, followed by metal index which rose by 1.65 per cent to 16,020.55.

“Metal stocks emerged as the centre of brisk activity during the session, helping Sensex to maintain its winning streak”, said Mr Manaoj Choraria, a Delhi—based stock broker. He said continued short-covering in select heavy-weight stocks too supported the upward trend.

Among banking counters, the country’s largest lender, State Bank of India finished 0.90 per cent to Rs 2,752.95, while the private sector player ICICI Bank up 0.01 per cent to Rs 1,053.15.

Published on February 16, 2011

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