NSE & BSE climb in initial trade

The BSE Sensex climbed by 165.9 points to 61,168.47 & NSE Nifty advanced by 35.25 points to 17,979.45
NSE & BSE climb in initial trade
NSE & BSE climb in initial trade

Mumbai: Equity benchmark indices climbed in initial trade on Monday amid a positive trend in Asian markets. The BSE Sensex climbed by 165.9 points to 61,168.47. The NSE Nifty advanced by 35.25 points to 17,979.45.

The 30-share BSE benchmark had declined by 316.94 points or 0.52 percent to settle at 61,002.57 on February 17. The Nifty dropped by 91.65 points or 0.51 percent to end at 17,944.20. Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) offloaded shares worth Rs 624.61 crore on February 17, according to exchange data.

Position of stocks listed in BSE

From the Sensex pack, Power Grid, HCL Technologies, ITC, Bharti Airtel, Hindustan Unilever, ICICI Bank, IndusInd Bank, Infosys, Tech Mahindra, NTPC and HDFC Bank were the major winners.

Tata Steel, Wipro, Nestle, Bajaj Finserv, Titan and Bajaj Finance were among the major laggards.

Performance of markets worldwide

In Asian markets, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and China were trading in the positive territory.

The US markets had ended on a mixed note on February 17.

International oil benchmark Brent crude climbed 0.65 per cent to USD 83.55 per barrel.

"Markets may log steady gains in early trade on Monday as investors are likely to take cues from the optimism in SGX Nifty and other select Asian peers even as the key US indices closed mixed on Friday," said Prashanth Tapse, Research Analyst, Senior VP (Research), Mehta Equities Ltd.

However, going by the tumultuous ride of the last few weeks, markets may continue to witness a bumpy ride on the back of concerns over further uptick in interest rates and the likelihood of a slowdown in global growth, Tapse added.

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