Sensex rallies over 1,300 points; Nifty recaptures 18,000 mark

BSE Sensex closed 1,335.05 points or 2.25% higher at 60,611.74; NSE Nifty jumped 382.95 points or 2.17% to end at 18,053.40

BSE Sensex closed 1,335.05 points or 2.25% higher at 60,611.74; NSE Nifty jumped 382.95 points or 2.17% to end at 18,053.40

Equity benchmark Sensex surged over 1,300 points on April 4 to reclaim the 60,000-level, boosted by intense buying in banking and financial stocks after the announcement of merger between HDFC and HDFC Bank.

Strong global cues and receding crude oil prices also propped up the domestic equity markets, according to traders.

Shares of HDFC and HDFC Bank rallied nearly 10% as investors lapped up the merger deal.

In the biggest merger in corporate history, India’s largest housing finance company HDFC Ltd. will merge with the country’s largest private lender HDFC Bank to create a banking behemoth.

The 30-share BSE index closed 1,335.05 points or 2.25% higher at 60,611.74. Likewise, the NSE Nifty jumped 382.95 points or 2.17% to end at 18,053.40.

The scrip of HDFC Bank surged 9.97% to ₹1,656.45, while HDFC Ltd. jumped 9.30% to ₹2,678.90.

The other gainers in the Sensex pack included Kotak Bank, HUL, L&T, IndusInd Bank and Sun Pharma.

On the other hand, Titan and Infosys were the laggards.

Elsewhere in Asia, bourses in Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong and Shanghai closed with healthy gains.

Stock exchanges in Europe were also trading significantly higher in mid-session deals.

Meanwhile, international oil benchmark Brent crude declined 1.05% to $103.29 per barrel.

Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) were net buyers in the capital markets as they bought shares worth ₹1,909.78 crore on Friday, as per exchange data.

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