At the stock markets, the Sensex and the Nifty ended at fresh all-time highs. The Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange jumped 546 points, or 1 percent, to close at 54,370. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange rose 128 points, or 0.8%, to end at 16,259. However, in broader market, the BSE Midcap index and the Smallcap index lost 1.1 percent, each.
Most key indices at other Asian markets ended higher. So China’s Shanghai Composite index and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index gained 0.9 percent, each; South Korea’s Kospi index jumped 1.3 percent, and Singapore’s Straits Times index rose 1.1 percent. But Japan’s Nikkei-225 index dropped 0.2%.
In Europe, London’s FTSE-100 had gained 0.4 percent; France’s CAC-40 had climbed 0.5 percent and Germany’s DAX had surged 0.9 percent, in intra-day trade.
Back home, On the Multi Commodity Exchange, gold futures for August gained 330 rupees, to 48,147 rupees per ten grams. Silver futures for September gained 266 rupees, to 68,180rupees per kilo.