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Indian Stock Market Reaches New Peak 

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The Indian stock market reached exciting new heights on Thursday, driven by upbeat domestic data and a positive global outlook. The benchmark Nifty 50 and the broader Sensex indexes touched all-time highs, capping off a December to remember and raising hopes for a sustained record in the new year.

Strong Fundamentals, Stronger Gains

Domestic solid data was crucial in the Indian Stock market’s increase. The festivities of success began with reliable domestic data, notably a Reserve Bank of India (RBI) report that revealed a continued decline in banks’ gross non-performing asset (GNPA) ratio, reassuring investors about the financial sector’s stability. “The RBI’s report instilled confidence in the market, confirming the financial sector’s strong footing,” remarked Narendra Solanki, head of fundamental research at Anand Rathi Shares and Stock Brokers. This positive sentiment translated into significant gains across financial sub-indexes. Big players like HDFC Bank (0.1% gain) and Reliance Industries (0.7% gain) experienced modest increases, while public sector banks and private banks enjoyed even more robust growth, rising between 0.3% and 1%.

Individual Indian Stock Market Rise

Beyond financial stakes, other sectors also joined the party. The Nifty PSE index, comprising public sector enterprises, was the star performer, rising 2.4% on the back of steady global oil prices. State-owned oil marketing companies (OMCs) like Indian Oil Corporation and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. became the primary beneficiaries of this rise.

Individual stocks also joined the venture with great success. Sula Vineyards, capitalizing on a record-breaking Christmas weekend visitor turnouts, climbed its stock price to 4.7%. Housing and Urban Development Corp Ltd (HUDCO) continued its rally from Wednesday, rising 12.3% after securing a $1.74 billion deal with the Gujarat state government.

Global Winds Blow Fair

The positive sentiment extended beyond the Indian region, motivated by the U.S. Federal Reserve’s expectations of interest rate cuts. This global optimism further fueled the Indian market’s upward approach. This global blow added another power layer to the domestic data-driven rally.

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With December witnessing an exceptional 8% gain on the Nifty 50, Indian Stock Market is putting it on track for its best month since July 2022. Investors are eagerly anticipating what the new year holds for it. While experts cautiously point towards potential risks like geopolitical tensions and inflationary concerns, the overall sentiment remains cautious, with many predicting a sustained upward trend in the coming months for next year.

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