Sensex ended 226 points higher at 41,613
Sensex ended 226 points higher at 41,613

Sensex rises over 200 points, ICICI Bank, HDFC lead gains in financials

  • Global markets were mostly higher today
  • UltraTech Cement, Tech Mahindra, L&T were among the other top gainers

Shrugging off a weak start, Indian markets posted strong gains today. Financials led the gains today. The Sensex ended 226 points higher at 41,613 while the broader Nifty ended 0.5% higher at 12,248.

Among financials, Axis Bank rose 2%, Kotak Bank 2%, Bajaj Finance 1.5%, ICICI Bank 1.1% and HDFC 1%. UltraTech Cement (2.5%), Tech Mahindra (2.5%), and L&T (2%)were among the other top gainers among the Sensex stocks.

Elsewhere, shares of PNB Housing Finance slumped 11% after it posted a weak set of quarterly numbers on Thursday.

Investors are now keeping a close watch on the February 1 budget for clues on the government's move to revive economic growth, which has slipped to a more than six-year low.

Vinod Nair, head of research at Geojit Financial Services, said: "The pre-budget rally has been solid. For this rally to sustain a lot will depend on the actual outcome of Budget and final Q3 earnings trajectory."

Mid and small caps are continuing its positivity in expectation of revival in growth & liquidity from institutional investors, he added.

The broader markets also posted strong gains today. The BSE midcap index rose 0.8% while smallcap 0.6%.

Global markets were mostly higher today after World Health Organization stopped short of declaring China virus outbreak a global health emergency. (With Agency Inputs)

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