Infosys Drives India’s Sensex to Record After 3Q Earnings Beat
Employees walk past an Infosys logo at the campus of Infosys Ltd. in Bangalore. (Photographer: Vivek Prakash/Bloomberg)  

Infosys Drives India’s Sensex to Record After 3Q Earnings Beat

(Bloomberg) -- India’s stocks rose as investors turned their focus to companies’ October-December earnings reports.

The S&P BSE Sensex advanced 0.6% to a record 41,859.69 in Mumbai. The NSE Nifty 50 Index also climbed 0.6% to a new high of 12,329.55. Infosys Ltd. was the biggest boost to both gauges.

Infosys, Asia’s second most-valuable software exporter, on Friday posted quarterly net income after market hours that beat the highest analyst estimates. The company raised its sales-growth outlook for the year ending March 2020 to between 10% and 10.5%.

Infosys Drives India’s Sensex to Record After 3Q Earnings Beat

Software exporter Wipro Ltd. and IndusInd Bank are scheduled to announce results on Tuesday.

Strategist View

“The broader market under-performance should take a pause now and earnings will help selective midcap stocks to gain,” said Pritam Deuskar, a Mumbai-based analyst with Bonanza Portfolio Ltd. “We expect consumption and entertainment stocks to do well.”

The Numbers

  • All 19 sector indexes compiled by BSE Ltd. rose, led by a gauge of realty companies
  • Infosys contributed the most to the Sensex gain and had the largest move, increasing 4.8%
  • Yes Bank Ltd. declined 5.9% after its board approved raising $1.4 billion, while rejecting an investment bid

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