Indian shares hit a record high on Wednesday as shares of consumer goods and agriculture-dependent companies rallied after the country’s weather office forecast a higher monsoon rainfall than previously expected.
The broader NSE Nifty rose as much as 0.81% to a record high of 9,392.50, surpassing its previous milestone recorded on May 5.
The benchmark BSE Sensex gained as much as 0.91% to 30,207.13, its highest ever.
Analysts said the long-term outlook for stocks remained healthy as earnings so far have been encouraging.
“The focus has been on the corporate results season, which has done quite well so far,” said Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services Ltd.
- Hindustan Unilever Ltd rose as much as 4.9% and was among the top percentage gainers on the NSE index while Dabur India Ltd and Nestle India Ltd gained between 2% and 4% respectively.
- Tractor maker Escorts Ltd rose 7% while rival Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd jumped 2%.
The chief of the country’s state-run India Meteorological Department on Tuesday said India looks likely to receive higher monsoon rainfall than previously forecast as concern over the El Nino weather condition eased.
Monsoon delivers about 70% of India’s annual rainfall, critical for crops such as rice, cane, corn, cotton and soybeans as nearly half of the country’s farmland lacks irrigation.
- Index heavyweight Bharti Airtel jumped as much as 4.5% on strong subscriber addition.
- Petronet LNG Ltd rose as much as 4.6% to its highest since April 21, after the company posted a 92% jump in March-quarter profit.
- IDBI Bank declined 4.5% after the Reserve Bank of India initiated “prompt corrective action” over the lender’s high bad loans and negative return on assets.
- The NSE was last up 0.71% while the BSE was up 0.81%.