Markets Rally for Sixth Day, Nifty Hits New Peak Despite Midcap Sell-Off

Markets Rally for Sixth Day, Nifty Hits New Peak Despite Midcap Sell-Off

New Delhi, February 20: The Indian stock market continued its bullish run for the sixth consecutive day, with the Nifty scaling a new peak despite selling pressure in midcap and smallcap stocks.

Strong Start, Profit Booking, Buyers Return:

  • The market commenced with a slight pullback, but recovered swiftly, pushing the Nifty to another record high.
  • Profit-booking in the afternoon caused a temporary dip, but buying interest resurfaced, leading to a positive close.
  • The Sensex gained 0.48%, while the Nifty rose 0.34%, both closing at new all-time highs.

Sectoral Shifts:

  • Realty and banking stocks witnessed active buying, driving the market's ascent.
  • IT, metal, and auto stocks faced selling pressure, limiting the broader market's performance.
  • Midcap and smallcap indices closed marginally lower, reflecting investor caution in these segments.

Investor Wealth Dips:

  • Despite the market's positive momentum, investors lost over Rs 11,000 crore due to the decline in midcap and smallcap stocks.
  • The total market capitalization of BSE-listed companies fell to Rs 391.58 lakh crore.

Trading Activity:

  • Over 3,900 stocks saw active trading on the BSE, with nearly 65% closing in the green.
  • Similar trends were observed on the NSE, with over 2,100 stocks witnessing active trading.

Top Gainers and Losers:

  • Power Grid Corporation, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank, NTPC, and Kotak Mahindra Bank were among the top gainers across Sensex and Nifty.
  • Hero MotoCorp, Coal India, Bajaj Auto, Eicher Motors, and TCS were among the major losers.


  • The market's continuous rally suggests positive investor sentiment, but midcap and smallcap weakness indicates cautiousness in certain segments.
  • The upcoming Union Budget on February 1st might influence market direction in the coming days.