Indian shares hit record highs at the open on Wednesday, surpassing the previous milestone hit more than a month ago, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s electoral victories in key states continued to lend support.
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s victories in Modi’s home state of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh have raised hopes of continued reforms, boosting markets over the last four sessions.
But some caution set in ahead of the release of the minutes from the Reserve Bank of India’s policy meeting earlier this month in which the policy rate was kept unchanged. The minutes are scheduled to be released after the market closes.
“Going forward, we expect markets to be stable as compared to the volatility we observed over the last few weeks,” said Sudhakar Pattabiraman, head of research operations at MarketSmith, which is part of financial services provider William O‘Neil.
The broader NSE Nifty rose as much as 0.3 per cent to an all-time high of 10,494.45, surpassing its previous record on November 6. The index was trading up 0.17 per cent at 0618 GMT.
Meanwhile, the benchmark BSE Sensex rose as much as 0.35 per cent to hit a record of 33,956.31, surpassing its previous milestone on November 7. The index pared some of the gains to trade 0.1 per cent higher.
Shares of Reliance Industries Ltd were down 0.5 per cent, on track to snap a two-day session of gains.
Hindustan Unilever Ltd dropped as much as 1.1 per cent, after gaining in the last five sessions, while Axis Bank Ltd was set to snap four straight sessions of gains.
Meanwhile, auto stocks continued to gain for a fifth straight session, with Hero Motocorp Ltd and Maruti Suzuki India Ltd rising 2.3 per cent and 1.1 per cent, respectively.
Shares of Religare Enterprises Ltd rose as much as nearly 5 per cent in early trade after Edelweiss Group unit agreed to buy Religare’s securities business.
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