Nifty and Sensex witnessed a lackluster trading session yesterday ahead of today's June series expiry. The market opened in the green on positive cues from the Asian markets and where supported by Buying in banking, technology, power and metal stocks. The benchmarks were positive till noon as investors hope that the prime minister, who has decided to keep the finance portfolio, will speed up reforms. The markets reached their intraday high shortly after 1.00pm as the key European stock exchanges opened in the green. However, in the post-noon session Nifty and Sensex declined to their lows on selling pressure in auto and oil & gas sectors. Select buying in the last hour helped the markets to settle up. The Sensex closed at 16,967.76, up 61.18 points or 0.36%. It touched a high of 17,029.27 and a low of 16,930.80. The Nifty was at 5,141.90, up 21.10 points or 0.41%. It touched a high of 5,160.10 and a low of 5,129.25.
US markets saw some strength on Wednesday as traders reacted positively to a batch of relatively upbeat US economic data. A report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) showed much stronger than expected growth in home sales index from 5.9% to 101.1 in May 2012 after falling 5.5% to 95.5 in April 2012 (expectation of 1.2% increase). The Dow closed up 92.34 points, or 0.7%, at 12,627.01. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 11.86 points, or 0.9%, to 1,331.85. The NASDAQ composite average rose 21.26 points to 2,875.32.
Asian shares rose marginally on Thursday on robust US macro economic data but gains were capped as investors preferred to remain on the sidelines ahead of a European summit. Japan's Nikkei 225 index was trading 0.9% higher at 8,808.75 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was trading higher at 19,209.12, up 0.1%. South Korea's Kospi index was trading 0.2% lower at 1,814.45. China's Shanghai index was trading at 2,211, down 0.2%.
The BSE benchmark and the NSE benchmark opened flat today as investors remain cautious ahead of the F&O expiry and European Union summit scheduled for June 28-29 in Brussels. Also, monsoon concerns weight on investors as it has been reported that the monsoon had the worst start in India in three years, threatening crops - from rice to sugar cane - and putting pressure on inflation," an LKP report noted. The BSE benchmark rose 44.62 points to 17,012.38 and the NSE benchmark was up 12 points to 5,153.85.
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