Sensex jumps 300 points, Nifty closes above 19800

Market Update

New Delhi, India

September 8, 2023

Market Overview

Indian equities soared to new heights on Friday, defying global uncertainties, as the Sensex and Nifty indexes extended their remarkable rally. Buoyed by gains in energy stocks and a resurgence in power sector demand, the Indian stock market is on the brink of breaking multiple records. BSE Sensex opened at 66,381.43 and closed at 66,598.91, while Nifty 50 opened at 19,774.80 and closed at 19,819.95. Bank Nifty’s opening and closing figures were 44,953.65 and 45,156.40, respectively.

Sensex and Nifty Near Record Highs

The Sensex, India’s leading stock index, made a substantial leap, surging by 300 points in today’s trading session. This remarkable performance has brought the Sensex within striking distance of its all-time high, now just 2% away. On the other hand, the Nifty index climbed above the 19,800 mark, a level not seen since July 27, and is less than 1% away from achieving its own record high. The Nifty Bank index is also on the rise, coming within 3% of its all-time peak.

Market Capitalization at Historic High

The market capitalization of companies listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) reached a historic peak, soaring to ₹319.10 lakh crore on Thursday. This record-breaking milestone was fueled by a prevailing sense of optimism in the equities market, amplified by the Sensex’s fifth consecutive day of gains.

Global Context

While global equities faced turbulence, with concerns over deepening Sino-U.S. tensions affecting Asian markets, Indian equities have emerged as a “safe haven” for investors. This renewed interest in Indian stocks follows last week’s release of impressive first-quarter GDP growth data, which marked the fastest growth rate in a year.

Mid and Small Caps Shine

The Indian stock market is not just a playground for large-cap stocks. Mid- and small-cap stocks have continued their extraordinary run, outpacing their blue-chip counterparts with gains of 32% and 29%, respectively, year-to-date. This performance showcases the breadth of opportunities in the Indian equities market.

Sectoral Performance

Energy companies and public sector enterprises were the standout gainers in today’s trading, rising by 0.6% and 1.3%, respectively. The power sector also experienced a rally, driven by a sudden surge in domestic power demand, contributing to the broader market’s upward trajectory.

Notable Individual Stock Performances

Luxury auto dealer Landmark Cars reached an all-time high, boosted by the addition of Mahindra and Mahindra vehicles to its product lineup. This exemplifies the market’s appetite for dynamic and innovative businesses.

Looking Forward

As the Indian stock market continues its upward trajectory, it remains poised to break records, with the Sensex, Nifty, and Nifty Bank nearing their all-time highs. Power stocks are showing resilience, while the pharma sector lags behind in this bullish market.