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Sensex jumps over 350 points to reach 61K for the first time; Nifty tops 18,200

Mumbai, October 14

Equity benchmark Sensex surged over 350 points to cross the 61,000 mark for the first time in early trade on Thursday led by gains in index heavyweights Infosys, HDFC Bank and Reliance Industries amid a positive trend in global markets.

After touching a record of 61,159.48 in the opening session, the 30-share Sensex was trading at 61,093.78, up 356.73 points or 0.59 per cent.

Similarly, Nifty rose 119.75 points or 0.66 per cent to hit a new intra-day record of 18,281.50.

L&T was the top gainer in the Sensex pack, rising nearly 2 per cent, followed by Infosys, SBI, NTPC, HDFC Bank, Maruti, ITC and Titan.

On the other hand, HCL Tech, TCS, M&M, IndusInd Bank and Bajaj Finance were among the laggards.

In the previous session, the 30-share index ended 452.74 points or 0.75 per cent higher at 60,737.05, marking its fifth consecutive day and the Nifty rose 169.80 points or 0.94 per cent to 18,161.75.

Foreign institutional investors were net buyers in the capital market, as they bought shares worth Rs 937.31 crore on Wednesday, according to exchange data.

Elsewhere in Asia, shares in Shanghai, Seoul and Tokyo were trading with strong gains in mid-session deals.

Stock exchanges on Wall Street also ended the overnight session on a positive note.

Meanwhile, international oil benchmark Brent crude rose 0.61 per cent to $83.69 per barrel. PTI

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