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Stock markets hit record opening high, Sensex crosses 39,500 mark for first time

Brokers trade at their computer terminals at a stock brokerage firm. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India May 21, 2019, 09.32 AM (IST)

Benchmark equity indices logged record opening highs on Tuesday after witnessing their biggest single-day gain on Monday since September 10, 2013. 

At 9:30 am, Sensex was trading 188.29 points, or 0.48 per cent, higher at 39,540.96. In similar movement, the broader NSE Nifty was trading 49.60 points, or 0.42 per cent, up at 11,877.85.

Top gainers in the Sensex pack in morning trade include HDFC twins, Bajaj Finance, Coal India, RIL, Bajaj Auto, HUL, IndusInd Bank, Sun Pharma, Vedanta, Axis Bank and Asian Paints, rising up to 2.21 per cent.

On the other hand, Tata Motors, Yes Bank, Bharti Airtel, Tata Steel, SBI, Infosys, ONGC and TCS fell up to 3.18 per cent.

"Market has given a thumbs-up to exit poll numbers. Sentiments have turned around drastically and the benchmark indices can gain 5-8 per cent more from here over the next few weeks if the final election outcome is in line or even better than exit polls," said Gaurav Dua, Senior VP, Head Strategy and Investments, Sharekhan by BNP Paribas. 

Meanwhile, Rupee trades flat at 69.80 against the dollar after a 1 per cent gain on Monday over exit poll results cheer.

Yesterday, Indian equities posted their biggest single-day gains in over six years, the rupee saw its best day in two months and government bond prices surged after exit polls predicted a clear mandate for the Narendra Modi-led NDA in the Lok Sabha elections.

The BSE Sensex vaulted 1,422 points to close at a record 39,352.67 -- the biggest one-day rise in the last six years.

The NSE Nifty surged over 421 points to log its best single day gains in over 10 years.

(With inputs from PTI)

Story highlights

The Sensex hit a new record high of 39,512.59, while the Nifty soared to a new high of 11,866.90. HDFC, RIL were top gainers jumping up to 3%.