At the domestic stock markets, key indices ended with marginal gains today, while the Rupee weakened slightly against the US Dollar. In the international markets, Brent crude oil prices rose sharply towards USD 68 a barrel.
The Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange gained 111 points, or 0.2 per cent, to close at 50,652, today. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange moved up 22 points, or 0.2 per cent, to end at 15,198.
In global equity markets, key indices in Asia Pacific ended mixed. So Japan’s Nikkei-225 index and Singapore’s Strait Times index gained 0.2 percent, each; and China’s Shanghai Composite index rose 0.3 per cent. But Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index shed 0.2 per cent and South Korea’s Kospi index fell 0.4 per cent.
In Europe, London’s FTSE-100 had gained 0.2 per cent and France’s CAC-40 had moved up 0.1 per cent. Stock market in Germany was closed for a holiday.
Global crude oil prices rose as a potential snag emerged in reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that could add more oil supply, while Goldman Sachs said the case for higher prices remains intact even with increased Iran exports. So Brent crude oil futures for July climbed USD 1.13, to USD 67.57 a barrel. US crude oil for July advanced USD 1.23, at USD 64.81 a barrel.
Back Home, gold gained Rs 95, to Rs 48,015 per 10 grams at Delhi’s bullion market today. Silver rose Rs 154, to Rs 70,998 per kilo.
At the forex market, the Rupee weakened 13 paise, to Rs 72.96 paise, against the US Dollar.