Published: Fri, August 18, 2017
Money | By Charlene Sutton

Sensex jumps 154 points in early trade

Sensex jumps 154 points in early trade

Mumbai: Indian shares rose for a third consecutive session on Thursday, with Infosys Ltd leading the gains after announcing a likely share buyback, while Asian markets rose as tensions between the USA and North Korea eased. The company said it will consider the share buyback at a board meeting on August 19.

The Asian market was more or less upbeat. Along with this, value buying on the back of decline on Wednesday could have boosted investors' interest in the stock.

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Both indexes marked their highest close in over a week. At 9.28 a.m, the Sensex was trading up 69.71 points or 0.22% at 31,840.60 with 14 components gaining. During the afternoon trade, Information Technology (IT) stocks increased helping the BSE to jumps by 2.08%.

In pre-open market, Sensex touched 31,927.51 higher by 157 points, while Nifty was up 49 points at 9,945.55. The major gainers of BSE Sensex on Thursday during early morning trade were Infosys at 1008.50 up followed by Reliance, Tata Steel and Bharti Airtel with 1589.90, 635.35 and 409.70 points up. It was quoting 31,491.74 at 1100 hours, up 42.71 points or 0.14 per cent.

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On Thursday, 22 of the 30 Sensex constituents ended lower, while overall advancing issues beat declining ones 1,387 to 1,182 while 131 remained unchanged. Zinc surgedabove $3,000 a metric ton for the first time in nearly a decade, while aluminum approached a three-year high.

Coal India was the second-biggest mover (4.22 per cent). A total of 12,743.77 lakh shares changed hands in 88,70,208 trades. However, details of the buyers and sellers were not known. The Nifty has gained by 193.35 points or 1.99 per cent in three trading days.

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■ 9.20am: Suprajit Engineering Ltd rose 5% to Rs291.24, while Phoenix Lamps Ltd rose 7% to Rs215.65. The gauge had gained 557.30 points in the previous two sessions.

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