Equity benchmarks bounced back in early trade on Thursday after falling sharply in the previous trade, with the Sensex rallying 651 points, following a significant jump in US markets and buying in index major Infosys. The 30-share BSE benchmark was trading 650.9 points higher at 56,319.93. The NSE Nifty also jumped 185.65 points to 16,863.25.
From the Sensex pack, Tech Mahindra, Tata Steel, Infosys, State Bank of India, Kotak Mahindra Bank, and M&M were the major gainers in early trade. In contrast, Nestle and Titan were laggards.
Markets in Hong Kong were quoting higher. Stock exchanges in the US surged higher in the overnight trade on Wednesday.
The Federal Reserve intensified its fight against the worst inflation in 40 years by raising its benchmark short-term interest rate by a half-percentage point on Wednesday.
”US equities rallied, recording the biggest one-day gain since 2020 after Federal Reserve comments suggested that the central bank is unlikely to consider a higher interest-rate hike of 75 basis points in the coming months. ”Moreover, rate hike and balance sheet unwinding quantum were on expected line without any negative surprise, which was already factored in market correction over past few days. It was like a relief rally to some extent,” said Mitul Shah, Head of Research at Reliance Securities. Meanwhile, domestic equity markets fell sharply on Wednesday after the RBI in a surprise move hiked the benchmark lending rate to 4.40 percent to contain inflation.
The BSE benchmark tumbled 1,306.96 points or 2.29 percent to settle at 55,669.03 and the Nifty tanked 391.50 points or 2.29 percent to finish at 16,677.60. Meanwhile, international oil benchmark Brent crude jumped 0.48 percent to USD 110.67 per barrel.
Foreign institutional investors offloaded shares worth Rs 3,288.18 crore on Wednesday, according to stock exchange data. ”US markets closed higher yesterday (Wednesday) after the Fed announced an interest rate hike of 50 bps. Jerome Powell said a 75 bps hike is not something that the committee is actively considering. This statement led to a market rally,” said Mohit Nigam, Head – PMS, Hem Securities.