BSE Sensex up 490 pts, NSE Nifty 151 pts as RBI rate cut hopes rise

SENSEXBSE Sensex and bonds rallied today, sending key indicators to their highest in several years. (Reuters)

Markets were in a jubilant mood today with BSE Sensex zooming 490 points to close at 28-month high of 20,200 and NSE Nifty soaring over 150 points to 6,100- level on buying in realty, banks and auto shares after RBI's

"happy" remark on falling inflation fuelled rate cut hopes.

Investor wealth, as measured by market capitalisation, surged by a staggering Rs 1.30 lakh crore as three stocks rose for fall of every two. This more than recovers Rs 1 lakh crore that was wiped off on across-the-board selling on Monday.

* BSE Sensex

* NSE Nifty

* Top Gainers/Top Losers

* Top Value

The Bombay Stock Exchange 30-share barometer today resumed higher and gradually rose to settle at 20,212.96, a rise of 490.67 points or 2.49 per cent. Previously, it had concluded at 20,301.10 on January 5, 2011. Today's gain is the highest in percentage terms since June 2012.

NSE Nifty index jumped by 151.35 points or 2.52 per cent to end at 6,146.75. Similarly, MCX-SX flagship index SX40 closed 245.6 points, or 2.10 per cent, higher at 11,925.14.

"We certainly will take note of the softening of inflation and the external payments situation in the next mid-quarter policy statement on June 17," RBI Governor D

Subbarao said in Frankfurt. He said, he was happy to see that inflation has come down to below 5 per cent.

Today's stock market rally has been partly fuelled by

"heightened expectations" of further easing by the central bank going forward, said Sanjeev Zarbade, Vice President PCG Research, Kotak Securities.

Mortgage major HDFC, state-run SBI and private lender ICICI Bank were the star performers of the day with gains of 3.8-4.7 per cent. Smart rise in RIL, ITC, L&T, Tata Motors, M&M and ONGC helped the trio together contribute over 400 points to the Sensex surge.

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