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Markets continue Budget-rally; Sensex ends 1,197 points higher, Nifty tops 14,600

Most analysts are of the view that the equity markets reacted positively to the Budget primarily due to higher capital expenditure plans, status quo on direct taxes and no incremental taxes on capital gains.

SNS | New Delhi |

Domestic markets extended their Budget-day rally for the second day on Tuesday to end nearly 2.5 per cent higher, led by financials and realty stocks.

The BSE Sensex ended 1,197.11 points or 2.46 per cent higher at 49,797.72 levels with SBI being the row gainer (rising over 7 per cent) and Bajaj Finserv being the front loser (dropping over 2 per cent).

The BSE gauge topped the 50,000-level briefly and swung 1,554 points during the day.

Likewise, the Nifty advanced 366.65 points or 2.57 per cent to end the session at 14,647.85.

Together with Budget day gains, the Sensex has amassed 3,511 points or 7.58 per cent in two sessions, and the Nifty has accumulated 1,007.25 points or 7.38 per cent.

Other top gainers included UltraTech Cement, HDFC Bank, L&T, Bharti Airtel, Maruti Suzuki and Kotak Bank.

Of the Sensex constituents, 27 shares closed in the green.

The three losers included are Bajaj Finserv, Titan and HUL, plunging between 2.3 per cent to 0.77 per cent.

Most analysts are of the view that the equity markets reacted positively to the Budget primarily due to higher capital expenditure plans, status quo on direct taxes and no incremental taxes on capital gains.

On Monday, foreign institutional investors bought equities worth a net Rs 1,494.23 crore.

The broader markets also ended Tuesday’s trade on a positive note. The S&P BSE MidCap ended with gains at 19,051.11, 420.80 or 2.26 per cent up. Likewise, the S&P BSE SmallCap closed at 18,645.94, up by 292.62 or 1.59 per cent.

Economists and market analysts opined that this is a bold growth-oriented Budget and the absence of the much-feared ”COVID tax” and surcharges on income tax is a great relief.

Besides, privatisation of two nationalised banks and proposal of monetisation of assets like land are clear positives, according to them.
Market response to the Budget reflects growth optimism and the government has presented a pragmatic, bold and visionary Budget in these difficult times, they said.

Elsewhere in Asia, stock markets closed with gains on Tuesday amid signs of progress in US stimulus talks.

On the forex market front, the rupee ended 6 paise higher at 72.96 against the US dollar.