The domestic stock markets have hit record highs on Friday morning, extending the rally witnessed in the previous session, on the back of strength in metal shares. At 9:18 am, the BSE Sensex was trading at 52,534.15, higher by 235.15 points or 0.45 per cent and the NSE Nifty was at 15,809.95, up 65.25 points or 0.43 per cent. All the BSE sectoral indices are trading in the green, with the exception of the consumer durable space.
The broader markets are also trading firm, with the BSE Midcap index and BSE Midcap index gaining 0.4 per cent and 0.7 per cent respectively.
Asian markets were mixed in Friday morning trade. The Hang Seng index gained 0.53 per cent in early trade and Taiwan's index added 0.63 per cent, whereas Shanghai Composite index declined 0.47 per cent.
Wall Street ended marginally higher on Thursday, with the S&P 500 closing above its prior record high set on May 7, as economic data appeared to support the Federal Reserve's assertion that the current wave of heightened inflation will be temporary. The Dow Jones rose 0.06 per cent, the S&P 500 gained 0.47 per cent and Nasdaq Composite added 0.78 per cent.
On the earnings front, BEML, BHEL, CG Power and Cochin Shipyard will declare their numbers during the day.
On the stock-specific front, index heavyweights such as Reliance Industries, HDFC Bank and HDFC have gained around a per cent each on the BSE. M&M, Sun Pharma and Bajaj Auto are the other significant gainers among Sensex stocks.
On the other hand, Bajaj Finserv, Bajaj Finance and Hindustan Unilever are bucking the strong trend with losses of around a per cent each on the BSE.
The BSE market breadth is positive. Out of 2,625 stocks traded on the BSE, there are 1,895 advancing stocks as against 643 declines.