Markets surge to lifetime highs: Sensex reaches 52,000; Nifty above 15,300-mark

WION Web Team
NEW DELHIUpdated: Feb 15, 2021, 03:37 PM IST

Brokers doing worship of the stock market and celebrating with clients as stock market Sensex touches 52,000 mark for the first time. Photograph:(ANI)

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Indian share markets benchmarks BSE Sensex and Nifty 50 scaled fresh lifetime highs on Monday, on the back of firm global cues.

Domestic stock market indices traded at record highs on Monday afternoon led by strong gains in banking stocks amid positive global cues. 

Barring IT and media indices, all other sectors traded in the green led by Nifty Private Bank, Nifty Financial Services, Nifty Realty, Nifty Auto, and Nifty FMCG. 

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BSE Sensex jumped to its lifetime high of 52,141.67, rallying 597.37 points during the morning trade on Monday.

The broader Nifty50 index also hovered above 15,300.

Banks and financial counters were the leading gainers in the market on Monday, with Bajaj Finance, Axis Bank, ICICI Bank, HDFC, Kotak Bank, IndusInd Bank, and HDFC Bank rising around 2.60 percent.

The benchmark index had closed above the 50,000 marks for the first time on February 3 this year, mainly driven by euphoria over the Union Budget. It closed above the 51,000 mark on February 8.

Markets have been rewarding investors of late as the BSE 30-share index has more than doubled from the massive lows it faced in March last year.

Proving to be a dreadful month for the domestic stock market, March 2020 saw the Sensex sinking a massive 8,828.8 points or 23 per cent during the month as concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the economy ravaged investor sentiments.

From witnessing gigantic losses to record-shattering gains, investors witnessed a wide array of emotions in 2020.

Stock markets had depicted volatile trends during the last year, with the benchmark crashing to its one-year low of 25,638.9 on March 24, only to roar back to life during the later part of 2020 and hit its record high of 47,896.97 on the last day of trade on December 31.

In 2020, the benchmark index made monthly gains in seven, while closing with losses in five.

So far this year, the benchmark index has gained 4,390.34 points or 9.19 per cent.

Thanks to the ongoing rally, investor wealth has also been rising to new records and is currently at over Rs 205.47 lakh crore. 

(With inputs from agencies)