Sensex hits record highs; Tata Steel scales over 2.5 year peak

A man ties a balloon to the horns of a bull statue at the entrance of the Bombay Stock Exchange Photograph:( Reuters )

Reuters Mumbai, Maharashtra, India May 26, 2017, 07.16 AM (IST)

Indian shares hit record highs on Friday, with Reliance Industries and Tata Steel leading the gains, as higher derivatives rollover led to strong follow-up buying in index heavyweights.

The broader NSE Nifty rose as much as 0.65 per cent to a record high of 9,572.25, while the benchmark BSE Sensex gained as much as 0.73 per cent, also touching a life-high of 30,975.52.

"Most of the movement on the indexes since Thursday is due to broad index-level buying in the markets because of the F&O expiry," said Tirthankar Patnaik, chief strategist and head of research, India at Mizuho Bank.

"On Thursday, major shorts were covered and longs have been rolled, so there is follow-up buying in today's session. Nifty saw 75 per cent rollover yesterday," said Miraj Vora, derivative analyst at Prabhudas Lilladher.

A higher rollover is typically a bullish sign and means investors expect gains to continue.

Reliance Industries gained as much as 3.22 per cent, while Tata Steel gained as much as 5.6 per cent to 511.90 rupees, its highest since September 2014.

Consumer firm ITC, which is slated to report March quarter results later in the day, gained as much as 1.55 per cent.

Meanwhile, downstream oil companies lost some ground.

"There is some profit-booking in downstream oil companies," Patnaik said.

Indian Oil Corp slipped for the first time in three sessions, falling as much as 5.2 per cent, while Bharat Petroleum lost as much as 3.3 per cent and looked set to snap three sessions of gains.

Pharma company Cipla dropped to an eleven-month low after posting a quarterly loss against analysts' expectations.

(Reuters)

Story highlights

Indian shares hit record highs on Friday, with Reliance Industries and Tata Steel leading the gains. ||Oil companies lost some ground with Indian Oil Corp falling 5.2 per cent and Bharat Petroleum by 3.3 per cent.