Indices extend gains; India VIX slides 2%
Jul 23, 2020 12:24 PM | Source: bjlbjtgl.com
The benchmark indices further extended gains and hit fresh intraday high in early afternoon trade. At 12:23 IST, the barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, was up 255.96 points or 0.68% at 38,127.48. The Nifty 50 index added 83.55 points or 0.75% at 11,216.15.
In the broader market, the S&P BSE Mid-Cap index rose 1.02% while the S&P BSE Small-Cap index gained 0.82%. Both these indices outperformed the Sensex.
The market breadth was strong. On the BSE, 1402 shares rose and 989 shares fell. A total of 146 shares were unchanged.
India reported 4,26,167 active cases of COVID-19 infection and 29,861 deaths while 7,82,606 patients have been cured, according to the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. Total coronavirus cases worldwide stood at 14,951,347 with 616,550 deaths so far, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The NSE's India VIX, a gauge of market's expectation of volatility over the near term, fell 2.69% to 24.2150. The Nifty July 2020 futures were trading at 11,209.15, at a discount of 7 points compared with the spot at 11,216.15.
On the monthly index options front, the Nifty option chain for 30 July 2020 expiry showed maximum Call OI of 30.79 lakh contracts at the 11,500 strike price. Maximum Put OI of 37.86 lakh contracts was seen at 10,000 strike price.
The Nifty Auto index rose 1.13% to 7,285.20. The index lost 1.26% yesterday.
Eicher Motors (up 3.73%), TVS Motor Company (up 1.55%), Bharat Forge (up 1.51%), Mahindra & Mahindra (up 1.28%) and Ashok Leyland (up 1.16%) edged higher.
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