BENGALURU: India’s blue-chip indexes Nifty 50 and Sensex hit record highs on Friday, logging third straight weekly gains, as faster-than-expected economic growth boosted demand amid signals the rally will sustain.

The Nifty 50 and BSE Sensex gained 0.57% and 0.82% this week, respectively, helped by the rise on Friday, which was their best session in a month.

On the day, Nifty 50 rose 1.62% to close at 22,338.75, notching record highs for the eleventh session in 2024. The Sensex also hit an all-time high and added 1.72% to 73,745.35.

The rally came after the Indian economy grew 8.4% in the October-December quarter, the fastest pace in six quarters, according to data released on Thursday.

Nifty futures started the March series with a market-wide open interest at record high levels, which indicates extraordinary bullish sentiment, Nuvama Alternative and Quantative Research said.

Nuvama expects the Nifty 50 to continue scaling new peaks in March.

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The total market capitalisation of all NSE-listed Indian stocks rose to a record $4.69 trillion on Friday, with eight of the Nifty 50 stocks logging new highs.

For the week, seven of the 13 major sectors logged gains.

The broader, more domestically focussed small- and mid-caps fell 0.72% and 1%, respectively, underperforming the benchmarks, on rising concerns over flow of excessive funds.

There is a “clear reallocation” happening from small- and mid-caps to large-caps as investors look for safety, Dipan Mehta, director at Elixir Equities, said. This could support the large-caps further, he said.

On the day, Tata Steel surged 6.46% on multiple block deals while Hindalco climbed 3.03% on a CLSA upgrade. Larsen & Toubro jumped 4.48% on signing a contract with India’s defence ministry.

Indian stock markets will trade in a special session on Saturday to test preparedness during emergencies.


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