Sensex, Nifty Open Marginally Higher Ahead of RBI's Monetary Policy

Retail investors exert influence on market movement, active Covid-19 cases in the country rise to 4,14,159
Sensex, Nifty Open Marginally Higher Ahead of RBI's Monetary Policy
Sensex, Nifty Open Marginally Higher Ahead of RBI's Monetary Policy

Equity benchmark indices Sensex and Nifty opened marginally higher on Friday ahead of the Reserve Bank of India's monetary policy decision.

The 30-share index was trading 54.98 points or 0.10 per cent higher at 54,547.82, while the broader NSE Nifty inched 17.50 points or 0.11 per cent higher to 16,312.10.

The RBI will announce its bi-monthly monetary policy amid expectations that it may opt for status quo on interest rates on account of inflationary concerns.

IndusInd Bank was the top gainer in the Sensex pack, rising around 3 per cent, followed by M&M, Maruti, Bharti Airtel, Sun Pharma and NTPC.

On the other hand, HCL Tech, Titan, Nestle India and Infosys were among the laggards.

According to V K Vijayakumar, Chief Investment Strategist at Geojit Financial Services, there are two major factors supporting the ongoing bull run: one, the strength of the mother market the US, riding on the support from huge liquidity and highly accommodative monetary stance of the Fed; two, the exuberance of the retail investors who are exerting a disproportionate influence on market movements.

"While retail investor participation is a desirable trend, it is important to note the fact that the quality of retail investment - chasing low-quality cheap stocks - leaves a lot to be desired. In the long run, the majority of retail investors will be better- off investing through mutual funds," he said.

Meanwhile, the Union Health Ministry has declared that the number of active Covid-19 cases in the country has risen to 4,14,159. A single day rise of 44,643 new infections and 464 fatalities have pushed India's tally of cases to 3,18,56,757 and death toll to 4,26,754.

Elsewhere in Asia, bourses in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Seoul were in the red in mid-session deals, while Tokyo was trading with gains.

Equities on Wall Street largely ended on a positive note in overnight trade.

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