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Mar 14, 2013 at 04:40pm IST

Sensex up 208 pts as lower core inflation fuels rate cut hopes

Mumbai: The BSE benchmark Sensex on Thursday jumped by nearly 208 points to end at 19,570.44 on heavy buying in realty, banking and capital goods scrips as core inflation in February fell below 4 per cent mark for the first time in nearly 3 years fuelling hopes of rate cut by RBI on March 19.

The Sensex, which had lost nearly 321 points in last three sessions, recovered by 207.89, or 1.07 per cent to 19,570.44, snapping a three-day fall. On similar lines, the broad-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty regained 5,900 level by rising 57.75 points, or 0.99 per cent to end at 5,908.95.

In 30-share Sensex, 24 stocks led by SBI (3.51 per cent), Maruti (3.43 pc), ICICI Bank (2.29 pc) and HDFC Bank (2.28 pc) and L&T (1.92 pc) ended in positive territory. RIL, TCS, HUL and ONGC also notched up smart gains.

Sensex up 208 pts as lower core inflation fuels rate cut hopes

The BSE benchmark Sensex on Thursday jumped by nearly 208 points to end at 19,570.44.

While 1,420 stocks rose and 1,446 counters fell in overall BSE platform, investor wealth rose by Rs 50,000 crore to Rs 66.94 lakh crore. Wholesale Price Index (WPI) based inflation rose to 6.84 per cent in February 2013 after falling to a three-year low of 6.62 per cent in the previous month.

However, core inflation an indicator of demand side pressures on prices fell below the 4.0 per cent mark for the first time in past 35 months. "This should give the RBI some elbow room to ease rates in the March 19 policy as monetary policy stance has turned more growth-supportive," said Bhupali Gursale, Economist, Angel Broking.

Besides, brokers said strong US retail sales data, a higher opening in the European markets and a mixed trend in the Asian region, further supported the domestic market. Sectorally in Indian markets, the BSE banking index gained 2.08 per cent to 13,796.47. The BSE realty sector index ended 2.18 per cent higher at 2,107.61 with stocks of Prestige Estates rising 7.97 per cent, Unitech by 6.09 per cent and DLF Ltd 1.50 per cent.

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