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Indian shares surge after exit polls show Modi victory

 Publish date: Mon, 20 May 2019, 12:13 PM

Indian shares surged on Monday, a day after exit polls showed Prime Minister Narendra Modi would retain power with a bigger majority in the parliament, with financials leading the charge.
 
Exits polls, following the mammoth seven-phase voting, showed Modi’s National Democratic Alliance (NDA) projected to win between 339 and 365 seats in the 545-member lower house of parliament.
 
Despite facing criticism for weak job growth and farm prices, Modi turned the campaign into a fight for national security after tensions with Pakistan escalated earlier this year.
 
“I expect another 2-3 per cent rally in the market in the next 3-4 days based on the cue,” said Samrat Dasgupta, a fund manager at Esquire Capital Investment Advisors.
 
“But once the results are out on Thursday, even if it is as expected, I don’t see much upside to the market.”
 
“The economy is passing through a rough patch because a lot of data indicators are showing a slowdown, so people will wait for announcements from the new govt/cabinet to see what policies will be made,” Dasgupta said.
 
The broader NSE index was up 2.22 per cent at 11,660.45 as of 0347 GMT, while the benchmark BSE index was 2.31 per cent higher at 38,807.88.
 
India’s NSE stock futures listed on the Singapore exchange , an indicator for the broader NSE index, was up 2.02 per cent as of 0348 GMT, after rising as much as 2.76 per cent.
 
Financial stocks led gains, boosted by Yes Bank Ltd , which was up 6.2 per cent, and State Bank of India Ltd , which surged 5.4 per cent.
 
The Nifty IT index was down 1 per cent, dragged by Infosys Ltd’s 1.3 per cent fall, as the rupee rallied.
 
 - Reuters
 
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