Barometers turn range bound; Nifty hovers above 17,950
Published on Sep 12, 2022 12:33
The key equity benchmarks continued to trade in a narrow range with moderate gains in the early afternoon trade. The Nifty hovered above the 17,950 mark. All the sectoral indices on the NSE were in the green with media, IT and realty stocks leading the rally.
At 12:29 IST, the barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, was up 417.43 points or 0.70% to 60,210.57. The Nifty 50 index gained 123.25 points or 0.69% to 17,956.60.
The broader market outperformed the frontline indices. The S&P BSE Mid-Cap index rose 0.82% while the S&P BSE Small-Cap index gained 0.99%.
The market breadth was strong. On the BSE, 2,213 shares rose and 1,243 shares fell. A total of 193 shares were unchanged.
The NSE`s India VIX, a gauge of the market`s expectation of volatility over the near term, rose 0.67% to 17.8375. The Nifty 29 September 2022 futures were trading at 17,990.25, at a premium of 33.65 points as compared with the spot at 17,956.60.
The Nifty option chain for the 29 September 2022 expiry showed maximum Call OI of 79.2 lakh contracts at the 18,000 strike price. Maximum Put OI of 78.8 lakh contracts were seen at 17,900 strike price.
The Nifty Realty index rose 1.27% to 470.80. The index lost 0.76% in the past two trading sessions.
Among the components of the Nifty Realty index, Oberoi Realty (up 3.49%), Brigade Enterprises (up 3.16%), Godrej Properties (up 1.46%), DLF (up 1.41%) and Sunteck Realty (up 1.08%) were the top gainers.
Among the other gainers were Prestige Estates Projects (up 0.82%), Macrotech Developers (up 0.22%).
On the other hand, Indiabulls Real Estate (down 0.52%), Sobha (down 0.5%) and Phoenix Mills (down 0.05%) edged lower.
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