Sensex rises 99 pts; RIL hits record high

Mumbai, Jul 13 () Equity benchmark Sensex ended 99 points higher on Monday, led by gains in index-heavyweight Reliance Industries, amid positive global cues.

After rallying 430 points during the session, the 30-share BSE Sensex gave up most of its gains to settle 99.36 points, or 0.27 per cent, higher at 36,693.69.

While, the NSE Nifty closed 34.65 points, or 1.15 per cent, up at 10,802.70.

Reliance Industries was among the top gainers in the Sensex pack, jumping over 3 per cent to hit its record closing high, after the company said it has secured Rs 730 crore from wireless technology leader Qualcomm by selling a small stake in Jio Platforms. Advertisement

Adding to a slew of investments since April that has crossed Rs 1.18 lakh crore, Qualcomm Ventures' investment will translate into 0.15 per cent equity stake in Jio Platforms on a fully diluted basis.

Tech Mahindra, HCL Tech, Bharti Airtel, Infosys, HUL and ITC were also among the prominent gainers.

However, the gains on the index were capped as index majors HDFC twins slumped up to 2 per cent, after a report stating HDFC Bank has conducted an investigation into allegations of improper lending practices and conflict of interest at its vehicle financing arm.
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PowerGrid, Bajaj Finance, ICICI Bank, SBI and Kotak Bank were other laggards.

According to traders, market movement was largely dictated by specific index-heavyweight stocks leading to high volatility. However, positive cues from global markets kept overall sentiment positive. Advertisement

Bourses in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul ended with significant gains amid hopes of a better earning season.

Stock exchanges in Europe were also trading on a positive note in early deals.

Meanwhile, international oil benchmark Brent crude futures fell 1.25 per cent to USD 42.70 per barrel. Advertisement

On the currency front, the rupee settled on a flat note at 75.19 against the US dollar. ANS MKJ MKJ
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