Sensex Trades Marginally Higher, Dow Futures Up By 170 Points

Share markets in India are presently trading marginally higher.

The BSE Sensex is trading up by 140 points, up 0.3% at 47,494 levels.

Meanwhile, the NSE Nifty is trading up by 31 points.

IndusInd Bank and Tech Mahindra are among the top gainers today. Hindalco and NTPC are among the top losers today.

The BSE Mid Cap index is trading down by 0.1%.

The BSE Small-Cap index is trading flat

On the sectoral front, stocks from the metal sector are witnessing most of the selling pressure.

On the other hand, stocks from the finance sector are witnessing most of the buying interest.

US stock futures are trading higher today, indicating a positive opening for Wall Street indices.

Nasdaq Futures are trading up by 45 points (up 0.5%) while Dow Futures are trading up by 170 points (up 0.6%).

The rupee is trading at 73.37 against the US$.

Gold prices are trading down by 0.1% at Rs 49,965 per 10 grams.

In global markets, gold prices were slightly higher after US President Donald Trump approved a stimulus package.

Amid mixed global cues, gold prices in India traded in a narrow range for the sixth day. On MCX, February gold futures were up 0.1% to Rs 50,067 per 10 grams.

Note that in the previous five sessions, gold has remained in the Rs 50,000 to Rs 50,500 range.

Speaking of the stock market, Rahul Shah, Co-Head of Research at Equitymaster, talks about his preferred portfolio for 2021 and beyond, in his latest video for Views on News.

In the video, Rahul shares his portfolio strategy and the important principles one needs to keep in mind in order to build a market-beating portfolio.

Moving on to stock-specific news...

Among the buzzing stocks, today is Punjab National Bank.

Leading public sector bank Punjab National Bank (PNB), has successfully completed the IT integration of all branches of erstwhile United Bank of India.

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