Sensex up 49 pts in trade on fund inflows, reform hopes

Sensex upMumbai: Rising for the sixth consecutive session, the benchmark BSE Sensex gained over 49 points in Monday morning trade on sustained foreign capital inflows amidst hopes of more reforms by the government.

The 30-share index, which had gained over 851.71 points in the previous five sessions after the government announced reforms in oil & gas and coal sectors, rose by 49.33 points, or 0.18 percent, to 26,900.38 with power, PSU, capital goods, healthcare and banking stocks leading the rise.

The NSE Nifty also edged higher by 19.30 points, or 0.24 percent, to 8,033.85.

Stock markets remained closed on Friday on account of "Balipratipada".

Brokers said sentiments remained upbeat on expectations that the government would announce more reforms amidst hopes of strong earnings from some more bluechip companies.

Besides, a mixed trend at other Asian bourses influenced trading sentiments, they said.

Among other Asian markets, Japan's Nikkei rose 0.74 percent, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 0.77 percent in early trade today.

The US Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 0.76 percent higher in Friday's trade.--PTI