Equity indices close higher, RIL top gainer

Though Bharti Airtel has lost 21% in the year so far and one of the worst performing stock in the Sensex analysts are still bullish on the stock

The 30-share index was trading higher at 34,585.45 at 1100Hrs, reflecting a gain of 119.85 points, or 0.35 per cent.

The BSE Sensex after opening at 34,593.17 points touched a high of 34,611.73 and low of 34,536.70 points.

Benchmark Sensex fell over 115 points while the Nifty closed below 10,600 today amid weak global cues and unabated foreign fund outflows.

Index heavyweights like Reliance Industries (RIL), Yes Bank, Adani Ports, Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M), and ICICI Bank were the top gainers on the BSE.

The rupee, meanwhile depreciated 21 paise to 66.59 against the United States dollar today at the interbank foreign exchange due to appreciation of the greenback amid rising USA bond yields and surge in global crude oil prices.

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Market breadth was negative with 1,080 advances against 1,341 declines.

On the other hand, shares of Bharti Airtel fell 0.94 per cent and IDFC Bank dropped 0.10 per cent, ahead of their Q4 results scheduled to be announced Tuesday. Brent crude futures were up 0.28 percent at Dollars 74.92 a barrel and U.S. crude futures were up 0.55 percent at USD 69.02 a barrel. TCS shares rose close to 2.5 per cent.

Global oil prices hit their highest levels since late 2014 due to expectations of renewed U.S. sanctions against Iran and as OPEC continued withholding supplies amid strong demand.

Meanwhile, on a net basis, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth Rs 259.08 crore while Domestic Institutional Investors (DIIs) bought shares worth Rs 387.26 crore on Monday, a provisional data showed. Chinese shares climbed 1.9 percent, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose 1 percent.

IndusInd Bank and Mahindra & Mahindra were the top gainers, while HDFC Bank, Hero MotoCorp, Indiabulls Housing, and Hindalco were the top losers. In the broader market, the BSE Midcap and the BSE Smallcap indices remained little changed.

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