Markets Open in the Black on Biden Push for Jab

India records 4.12 lakh fresh Covid infections, fatalities near 4,000 in the last 24 hours

The Sensex rose over 150 points in early trade on Thursday, tracking gains in index majors HDFC twins, ITC and Bajaj Finance, amid largely positive cues from Asian peers. This, while both Covid infection and fatality graphs continued to rise, with 4,12,262 infections and 3,980 fatalities recorded on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the rupee rose 7 paise to 73.84 against the dollar in early trade.

The 30-share BSE index was trading 174.54 points or 0.36 per cent higher at 48,852.09 in initial deals, while NSE Nifty advanced 69.05 points or 0.47 per cent to 14,686.90.

In the Sensex pack, Bajaj Auto gained over 2 per cent, followed by Bajaj Finance, ITC, HDFC, Titan, Maruti and M&M, while HCL Tech, Sun Pharma, Bharti Airtel and PowerGrid were among laggards.

In the previous session, the Sensex had jumped 424.04 points or 0.88 per cent to close at 48,677.55, while Nifty surged 121.35 points or 0.84 per cent to 14,617.85.

Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) were again net sellers in the capital market as they offloaded shares worth Rs 1,110.50 crore on Wednesday, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) purchased shares worth Rs 240.61 crore, according to provisional exchange data.

The trend of positive news alternating with negative news continues, said V K Vijayakumar, Chief Investment Strategist at Geojit Financial Services.

“US President Joe Biden’s decision to back waiving intellectual property rights on vaccines is a big positive. This will quicken the vaccination process enabling countries like India to come out of the pandemic faster. But data on daily infections indicate a rise, though mild, after five days of decline. Also, lockdowns and restrictions on mobility are increasing, impacting the economic recovery,” he noted.

Elsewhere in Asia, bourses in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul were trading on a positive note in mid-session deals, while Shanghai was in the red.

Equities on Wall Street ended on a mixed note in overnight trade, while Brent crude was trading 0.10 per cent higher at USD 69.03 per barrel.

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