STock Market Wrap: Sensex Gains 268 Points, Nifty Nears 22,600; IT and FMCG Stocks Shine

Indian Stock Market

May 22, 2024

New Delhi, India

Sensex Gains 268 Points, Nifty Nears 22,600; IT and FMCG Stocks Shine

The Indian stock market ended on a positive note amid volatility on May 22, with the Sensex and Nifty closing higher. The benchmark BSE Sensex rose by 267.75 points, or 0.36%, to settle at 74,221.06, while the broader NSE Nifty gained 68.80 points, or 0.31%, to end at 22,597.80.

Market Performance

Sensex and Nifty:

  • Sensex: Closed at 74,221.06, up 267.75 points (0.36%).
  • Nifty: Ended at 22,597.80, up 68.80 points (0.31%).

Sectoral Performance:

  • Gainers: IT, FMCG, and realty sectors outperformed.
  • Laggards: Metal and financial services sectors declined.

Midcap and Smallcap Indices:

  • Midcap Index: Ended flat.
  • Smallcap Index: Up 0.2%.

Key Contributors

Leading the gains were major companies such as Reliance Industries, Infosys, and Hindustan Unilever. Shares of Cipla and Tata Consumer Products saw notable increases of around 3% each. The rally was driven by strong performances in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector and significant contributions from IT and realty stocks.

Market Sentiment

Despite weak global cues and the anticipation of the US Federal Reserve’s meeting minutes, the Indian market showed resilience. The India VIX, a measure of market volatility, dropped by 1.6% to 21.5, indicating reduced investor anxiety. The market outlook remains positive, supported by strong fundamentals and easing election-related uncertainties.

Global Market Influence

Global markets had a mixed impact on the day’s performance:

  • Asia: Japan’s Nikkei fell by 0.85%, while China’s Shanghai Composite ended flat.
  • Europe: Major indices like France’s CAC 40, the UK’s FTSE, and Germany’s DAX were down by up to 0.5%.


The Indian stock market ended Wednesday on a strong note, with key indices closing higher despite global uncertainties. Gains in IT, FMCG, and realty sectors led the market, while mid- and small-cap stocks showed mixed performance. The market’s resilience amid volatility highlights investor confidence in the domestic economy’s medium-to-long-term prospects.

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