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2 March, Sensex trades above 29,100 mark, Nifty at 8,987

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Indian share markets have opened on Thursday on a positive note tracking positive leads from Asian markets. At 10.20 am, the BSE Sensex is trading higher by 130.60 points at 29,115.09 while the NSE Nifty is trading higher by 41.25 points at 8,987.05. The BSE Mid Cap index was up by 0.57% and BSE Small Cap index was up by 0.55%. The broad market depicted strength. About 1,118 shares rose, 454 shares fell and a total of 58 shares were unchanged.

ICICI Bank, Wipro, Bajaj Auto Tata Motors, GAIL, Hindalco and Tata Motors were early gainers while Dr Reddy’s Labs and Coal India were under pressure.
Overseas, Asian stocks were trading higher. U.S equities surged to all-time highs yesterday, with major indices posting their best day of the year, on the back of Trump’s speech to Congress.



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FM Arun Jaitley announced a number of steps in the Union budget to draw funds from foreign portfolio investors (FPIs). The proposals include an exemption from the provisions of indirect transfer tax for category I & II FPIs. The indirect tax provisions will still apply to category-III FPIs like corporate bodies, trusts and family offices. Category-I FPIs include foreign central banks, sovereign wealth funds and government agencies. The category-II mutual funds and banks. However, hedge funds, individuals and other high-risk foreign investors will not get this relief.