Sensex, Nifty open at fresh record highs

Equity indices surge to new highs on global cues buying support

Asian markets were mixed, United States equities rose to record highs yesterday as investors remained optimistic about the market heading into the corporate earnings season.

Mumbai, Jan 12 NSE benchmark Nifty rose 30 points to end at a new high of 10,681.25 today, backed by buying in media, metal, finance service and bank sectors amid positive global leads.

For the week, the NSE index added 1.2 per cent, while the BSE index advanced 1.3 per cent.

On the other hand, the S&P BSE consumer durables index fell by 61.29 points, FMCG index by 56.56 points and healthcare index by 51.79 points.

Major losers were Asian Paint 1.35 per cent, Yes Bank 1.20 per cent, Tata Steel 1.00 per cent, Dr Reddy 0.92 per cent and Tatamtrdvr 0.80 per cent.

"However, selling pressure emerged in afternoon trade after four Supreme Court judges reportedly said working of the apex Court was not in order".

TCS shed 0.7 percent after posting muted growth in quarterly profit, while rival Infosys edged up 0.3 percent ahead of its quarterly earnings unveiled aftermarket hours.

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It saw an intra-day movement of about 93.30 points.

Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth Rs 623.63 crore on net basis while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought equities to the tune of Rs 770.02 crore yesterday, provisional data showed.

The BSE Mid-cap and BSE Small-cap indices were up 0.26% and 0.75%, respectively. Japan's Nikkei dipped 0.1 per cent. China reported trade data for December with exports moving up 10.9 percent and imports rising 4.5 percent.

Wall Street's three major stock indexes hit record highs with earnings for S&P 500 companies expected to have increased by 11.8 per cent in the recently-ended quarter, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

It surpassed its previous record closing of 10,651.20 hit on Thursday.

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