The stock market was slow to start trading on Monday but subsequently picked up, thanks to foreign capital inflows and a decline in crude oil prices. The 30-share Sensex index of the BSE stood at 62,309.45 around this time, up just 15.81 points. The NSE Nifty, a wider index, increased five points to 18,517.75. Later, both indexes increased. The Sensex was up 179.64 points at 62,473.28 as of the time of writing this story, and the Nifty was up 24.85 points at 18,557.25.
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On Friday, the Nifty closed at 18,512.75, up 28.65 points or 0.15 percent, and the Sensex closed 20.96 points or 0.03 percent higher at 62,293.64.
Top gainers and losers
The following companies saw gains: Wipro, Eicher Motors, Divis Labs, Bharti Airtel, Kotak Mahindra, HDFC Life, Axis Bank, PowerGrid, and Sun Pharma. The following companies saw losses: BPCL, SBI Life, Hero MotoCorp, Reliance, Bajaj Auto, Tata Motors, Asian Paint, Bajaj Finserv, UPL, Tech Mahindra, Bajaj Finance, Maruti Suzuki, UltraTech Cement.
Fall in rupee
On Monday, the rupee began the day by losing ground to the dollar. In the very first trade, the rupee lost 6 paise to reach 81.77 against the dollar. The rupee opened lower against the dollar at 81.81, according to the Interbank Foreign Exchange, before rising to 81.77. The performance of the rupee against the dollar earlier in Friday’s session was poor; it closed at 81.71, down 6 paise.