Stocks take off with care, RBI policy decision looms
The Sensex made a cautious start
today as all eyes turned to RBI's policy meet outcome later in
The rupee's strength against the dollar supported the
overall mood. Asian pointers remained strong.
The 30-share index rose 44.16 points, or 0.14 per cent,
to 31,541.54. The sectoral indices in good form were oil and
gas, PSU, healthcare and FMCG, with a gain of up to 1.14 per
The gauge had rallied 337.57 points in the previous
The NSE Nifty too was trading higher by 25.70 points, or
0.26 per cent, at 9,885.20.
Investors were optimistic in anticipation of a rate cut
by the RBI. But most analysts feel the central bank may hold
rate despite a slowdown in growth as inflationary pressures
are building up.
A firm trend at most markets in Asia following a record
close on Wall Street had a positive impact, traders said.
Lupin, ONGC, Asian Paints, ITC Ltd and Reliance
Industries were among those that traded with gains.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng was up 0.70 per cent while Japan's
Nikkei went up 0.22 per cent in their late morning trade.
Chinese markets are closed for a public holiday.
Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at yet another
record high by rising 0.37 per cent yesterday.