10 Updates From Today's Stock Markets:
Today, the rupee ended higher at 64.73 against the US dollar as the broad dollar rally took a pause today.The rupee had closed at three-month low of 65.04 per dollar on Thursday.
"US bond yields have fallen and so sentiment is higher," said Anita Gandhi, whole time director, Arihant Capital Markets. "Price correction has happened to a large extent in pharma, so market is looking at some value buying."
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan climbed 1 per cent. US benchmark 10-year note yields eased after rising to a four-year high of 2.957 per cent on Wednesday.
Back in the domestic markets, gains were led by banking, pharma and metal stocks. The Nifty Pharma index rose 2.63 per cent today. It had declined about 8 per cent since the start of the year, as of Thursday's close.
Among the pharma stocks, Sun Pharma surged over 5 per cent while Dr Reddy's Lab and Aurobindo Pharma rose over 2 per cent each.
Banks also gained, with HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank among the biggest contributors to the rise.
Federal Bank climbed over 5 per cent after the bank on Thursday approved buying a stake in financial services company Equirus Capital.
Global financial markets have fluctuated wildly this month as investors fretted about how fast the US central bank might raise rates in the wake of data showing a pick-up in US inflation. That in turn has stoked anxiety that many central banks will start to tighten policy in a hit to earnings, which have boomed thanks to a synchronized uptick in global growth.
St Louis Fed President James Bullard tried to tamp down of expectations of four rate hikes in 2018, instead of the widely anticipated three increases, saying on Thursday policymakers need to be careful not to increase rates too quickly because that could slow the economy. That was enough to send US shares rallying.
The Fed started tightening its ultra-loose policy at the end of 2015 after keeping rates on hold for almost a decade. It raised interest rates three times in 2017 and is likely to tighten again in March. (With Agency Inputs)