Sensex jumps 130 points on rate cut hopes

Mumbai, July 13: The benchmark BSE Sensex surged by nearly 130 points in early trade on Monday on continued buying by investors amid hopes of rate cut by the Reserve Bank after weak IIP numbers.

A higher trend at other Asian markets as investors await developments in last-ditch talks aimed at a new bailout deal for Greece, influenced sentiment, brokers said.

The 30-share barometer was trading higher 129.81 points, or 0.46 per cent, at 27,791.21 with healthcare, teck, IT, oil & gas, realty and consumer durables sector leading the gains.

The Sensex had gained 87.74 points in the previous session.

On similar lines, the NSE Nifty recaptured the 8,400-mark by rising 44.25 points, or 0.52 per cent, at 8,404.80.

Growth in industrial production in May slowed to 2.7 per cent from 5.6 per cent a year ago, dragged down by manufacturing, strengthening the case for an RBI rate cut, triggering buying by participants.

Among other Asian markets, Hong Kong's Hang Seng was up 0.19 per cent, Japan's Nikkei gained 1.17 per cent and the Shanghai Composite Index rose 2.28 per cent.

The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 1.21 per cent higher in Friday's trade.

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