A record daily surge in COVID19 vaccinations powered Indias benchmark stock index on Tuesday past the 53,000level for the first time ever, with the bluechip Nifty 50 also hovering close to its alltime high.
The SP BSE Sensex was up 0.82 at 53,013.20 by 0509 GMT, while the NSE Nifty 50 index rose 0.87 to 15,883.95.
India administered a record 8.3 million vaccine doses on Monday under a federal campaign to inoculate all adults for free. Experts have said widespread vaccination remains one of the best tools to avoid the kind of devastation India saw during its second wave of the pandemic.
Declining cases and easing of pandemicinduced restrictions have also contributed to both the indexes gaining more than 1.7 so far this month.
Theres a lot of activity in sectors seen benefiting from the opening up of economies, such as autos and constructionrelated ones like cement, said Shrikant Chouhan, executive vicepresident of equity research at Kotak Securities in Mumbai. Because of that we are seeing a lot of momentum in the market.
The Nifty Auto Index gained 1.75. Jefferies also said in a research note on Tuesday that Indias auto demand is recovering again.
Maruti Suzuki was the top percentage gainer on the Nifty 50, jumping 4.1.
Nifty 50 components Shree Cement and UltraTech Cement rose 2.2 and 1.5, respectively, while construction giant Larsen Toubro added 2.
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