BSE Sensex rises 98 points on FDI drive, HUL, NTPC, Wipro shares rally

BSE SensexHindustan Unilever Ltd provisionally rose 9.1 percent, after earlier making an all-time high at 699.35 rupees, while ITC Ltd ended 2.3 percent higher after hitting a record high of 370.40 rupees earlier. AP

The BSE Sensex today rose by nearly 98 points led by gains in HUL, NTPC and Wipro shares, buoyed by government's decision to liberalise FDI norms in a dozen sectors.

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The 30-share BSE Sensex index started the day on a firm footing at 19,970.02, higher by 118 points from yesterday's close. It, however, erased some of the early gains during the day and closed 97.50 points, or 0.49 per cent higher at 19,948.73.

Sensex had closed down by 183.25 points in the previous session.

Similarly, the wide-based National Stock Exchange NSE Nifty index gained 18.05 points, or 0.30 per cent, to close at 5,973.30.

Brokers said the market sentiment was boosted after the government yesterday announced the hike in foreign direct investment (FDI) in a dozen sectors, including 100 per cent in telecom and higher caps in insurance and defence sectors, to boost the sagging economy.

They said a better earning by companies like Infosys and HDFC Bank for the first quarter further supported the uptrend.

A firming trend in the Asian region ahead of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S Bernanke's address to the US Congress, further influenced the sentiment, they added.

Out of the 30 BSE components, 15 stocks ended higher led by Hindustan Unilever rising 9.86 per cent to Rs 684.75, followed by NTPC (3.18 per cent) and Wipro (2.96 per cent).

Sectorwise, the FMCG sector index led the gains rising 3.39 per cent to 7,400.33, followed by consumer durables (1.10 per cent) and IT sector (1 per cent).

BSE Sensex up for a second day, HUL, ITC shares hit record highs

(Reuters) - Indian shares rose for a second consecutive session on Wednesday, as consumer goods shares such as Hindustan Unilever surged to record highs benefitting from their more defensive nature in an uncertain market environment and from confidence about their growth prospects.

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