The domestic stock markets have sustained their gains in afternoon trading on the back of favourable global cues. At 2:18 pm, the BSE Sensex was at 49,583.45, higher by 375.75 points or 0.76 per cent and the NSE Nifty was at 14,957.10, up 134.20 points or 0.91 per cent. The broader markets are also trading strong, with the BSE Midcap and BSE Smallcap indices gaining 0.9 per cent and 1.1 per cent respectively.
Stocks in Asia rose on Monday amid speculation that interest rates will remain low for an extended period due to the receding risk of a rapid acceleration in inflation, while oil prices jumped after a cyber attack on a U.S. pipeline operator unnerved markets. Futures for Japan’s Nikkei rose 0.03 per cent.
The Dow and S&P 500 hit record closing highs on Friday and the Nasdaq recovered after U.S. jobs data eased concerns over prospects for rising rates. The Dow rose 0.66 per cent, S&P 500 gained 0.74 per cent and the Nasdaq Composite added 0.88 per cent.
Meanwhile, crude prices climbed more than 1 per cent on Monday after a major cyber attack that forced the shutdown of critical fuel supply pipelines in the United States, highlighting the fragility of oil infrastructure. Brent crude was up by 76 cents, or 1.1 per cent, at $$69.04 a barrel by 0039 GMT and U.S. West Texas Intermediate futures rose by 70 cents, or 1.1 per cent, at $65.60 a barrel.
On the stock-specific front, Coal India, UPL and Hindalco have gained up to 5 per cent each on the BSE. And Tata Steel is trading at a fresh 52-week high of Rs 1,214.45, up 2.7 per cent, on the BSE.
On the other hand, Ultratech Cement, Shree Cements and Britannia have shed around a per cent each on the BSE.