Indian equity markets witnessed a smart bounce-back of around a percent and half on Tuesday after four straight sessions of fall, which lifted both Sensex and Nifty above the psychologically crucial 25,350 and 7,550 levels respectively. Bargain-buying activities by market-participants in fundamentally strong blue chip stocks available at attractive valuations after four straight sessions’ of plunge, mainly soothed the sentiment at Dalal Street amidst lower Brent crude prices which whetted the risk appetite of investors for emerging markets assets. In the extremely rock-solid session of trade, wherein benchmarks traded from strength to strength and ended near day’s high point by close of trade, volatility factor, which is peculiar feature in F&O expiry week, remained absent. In the extremely stable session of trade, broader indices too rallied over 1.5%.

Closer home, sentiments also got a lift after shares of ITC made a smart comeback on Tuesday post sharp selloff witnessed in previous session, triggered by media reports suggesting steep increase in tax on cigarettes. Nevertheless, amidst broad-based buying, all the sector indices on BSE ended in positive territory, with only exceptions being stocks from defensive Healthcare counter which were beaten blue in trade. On the flip side, massive buying was witnessed in stocks of Realty counter, followed by Consumer Durables and Oil & Gas counters. Oil marketing companies stocks, vis-à-vis, BPCL, HPCL and IOC, witnessed strong demand after Brent crude fell below $114 a barrel on Tuesday, with data showing near-record high oil exports from Iraq indicated supplies remained unaffected by the escalating violence at OPEC’s No. 2 producer. Additionally, banking stocks too were on buyer’s radar as concerns of fuel price led inflation eased along with decline in crude oil prices.  Besides, sugar stocks too extended gains as sentiment turned positive following the government’s decision to hike import duty on sugar. To tackle the rising crude oil prices, the Food Minister announced that ethanol blending with petrol will be increased to 10% from 5%. Moreover, shares of local tyre companies continued their dream run in trade on Tuesday with CEAT and JK Tyres hitting yet another 52-week high in intra-day trade.  The market breadth on the BSE ended positive; advances and declining stocks were in a ratio of 2038: 993, while 117 scrips remained unchanged. (Provisional)

The BSE Sensex surged 337.58 points or 1.35% to settle at 25368.90. The index touched a high and a low of 25414.69 and 25115.83 respectively. Among the 30-share Sensex, 26 stocks gained, while 4 stocks declined. (Provisional)

The BSE Mid cap and Small cap indices ended higher by 1.59% and 1.64% respectively. (Provisional)

On the BSE sectoral front, Realty up by 1.57%, Consumer Durables up by 2.44%, Oil & Gas up by 2.17%, Infrastructure up by 2.05% and PSU up by 2.04% were the gainers while, Healthcare down by 0.09% was the lone loser in the space. (Provisional)

The top gainers on the Sensex were GAIL up 4.56%, HDFC up by 2.81%, BHEL up by 2.48%, SBI up by 2.24% and Axis Bank up by 2.19%. On the flip side, the key losers were Sun Pharma down by 0.96%, Infosys down by 0.64%, Hindustan Unilever down by 0.02% and Wipro down by 0.01%. (Provisional)

Meanwhile, in order to curb the inflow of cheaper sweetener, the government has decided to hike the import duty on sugar to 40 percent from the current 15 percent. The move is likely to increase the sugar prices up to Rs 60 per quintal in the country. Besides, the government will provide additional interest-free loan of Rs 4,400 crore to cash-starved sugar mills to make payments to cane farmers. The decision was taken after a high-level meeting attended by various ministers including Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan and Commerce & Industries Minister Nirmala Sitharaman among others.

Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan also announced that the subsidy on raw sugar exports would be extended till September 2014. Furthermore, mandatory blending of ethanol (a by-product of sugar) with petrol was also enhanced to 10 percent as against 5 percent at present. However, Food Minister cleared that all these decisions were subject to the sugar industry’s guarantee that it would clear all arrears estimated at around Rs11,000 crore. The government’s latest decision is likely to provide impetus to Indian sugar industry through making imports costlier and improving the liquidity of sugar mills.

India, the second largest producer of sugarcane after Brazil, holds about 5 million hectares of land under sugarcane with an average yield of around 70 tonne per hectare. India produced 25.14 million tonnes of sugar in the crop season ended September 30, 2013, almost 4.5% less than the previous year’s because of low rainfall in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in 2012. The Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) has estimated Indian sugar production at 24 million tonnes for 2013-14.

India VIX, a gauge for markets short term expectation rose 1.18% at 19.18 from its previous close of 18.96 on Monday. (Provisional)

The CNX Nifty gained 86.85 points or 1.16% to settle at 7,580.20. The index touched high and low of 7,593.35 and 7,515.20 respectively. Out of 50 stocks in Nifty, 39 stocks ended in the green and 11 in red. (Provisional)

The major gainers of the Nifty were GAIL up 4.75%, BPCL up by 4.70%, DLF up by 4.70%, Bank of Baroda up by 3.22% and NMDC up by 3.20%. On the flip side, the key losers were Kotak Bank down by 1.74%, Sun Pharma down by 1.14%, Infosys down by 0.82%, Ultratech Cement down by 0.67% and Tech Mahindra down by 0.51%. (Provisional)

On the global front, Asian shares ticked higher on Tuesday as improved manufacturing data from China, Japan and the United States augured well for global growth, despite a disappointing result from the euro zone. Additionally, European shares rose on Tuesday, buoyed by new signs of corporate takeover activity, with agrochemicals company, Syngenta surging on a media report that peer Monsanto had considered buying it.

European markets were mostly trading in red; UK’s FTSE 100 down by 0.31%, Germany’s DAX down by 0.07%, while France’s CAC 40 was up by 0.16%.

Asian Indices Last Trade Change in Points Change in %
Shanghai Composite 2033.93 9.57 0.47
Hang Seng 22880.64 75.83 0.33
Jakarta Composite 4862.24 20.11 0.42
KLSE Composite 1892.33 8.37 0.44
Nikkei 225 15376.24 6.96 0.05
Straits Times  3262.03 4.63 0.14
KOSPI Composite 1994.35 19.43 0.98
Taiwan Weighted 9246.20 17.85 0.19