At the stock markets, rising for the fifth straight session, domestic benchmark indices jumped to fresh all-time highs today; the rupee appreciated against the dollar.
The Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange climbed 453 points, or 0.8 per cent, to end at a new closing high of 60,737. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange advanced 170 points, or 0.9 per cent, to end at 18,162. In broader market, the BSE mid-cap index jumped 1.6 per cent and the Small-cap index rose 0.6 per cent.
At the forex market, the rupee appreciated 14 paise to end at 75.37 against the dollar today.
Amongst global markets, Key Asian markets ended mixed. China’s Shanghai Composite index gained 0.4 per cent. China’s export growth unexpectedly accelerated in September, provided some relief to those worried about a slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy. Singapore’s Straits Times index jumped 1.4 per cent and South Korea’s Kospi Index rose nearly one per cent. But Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index dipped 1.4 per cent and Japan’s Nikkei-225 index declined 0.3 per cent, as high energy prices and a weak yen mean trouble for a country that buys the bulk of its oil from overseas.
In Europe, London’s FTSE-100 had lost 0.2 per cent but France’s CAC-40 rose 0.2 and Germany’s DAX was up 0.7 per cent, in intra-day trade.
Brent crude oil futures fell 68 cents to 82.74 dollars a barrel.
Back home, Gold futures for December delivery on the Multi Commodity Exchange rose 103 rupees to 47,301 rupees per ten grams. Silver futures for December delivery jumped 497 rupees to 62,083 rupees per kilo.