Domestic share markets halted a five-day rally on Wednesday amid selling pressure in banking and financial services shares, as investors weighed the prospect of global recovery from the slowdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic against stimulus packages. The S&P BSE Sensex index opened 175.95 points, or 0.37 per cent, higher at 47,789.03, and the broader NSE Nifty 50 benchmark began the day at 13,980.90, up 48.30 points, or 0.35 per cent, from its previous close — both all-time highs. (Also Read: Stocks To Watch Today)
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares excluding Japan traded 0.60 per cent higher to a record high, led by gains in Chinese shares, bringing its gains so far this year to 18.20 per cent.
Japan’s Nikkei 225 benchmark was down 0.58 per cent at the last count on its last trading day of 2020, after jumping to a 30-year high on Tuesday. For the year, it is up almost 16 per cent.
The E-Mini S&P 500 futures traded 0.13 per cent higher, indicating a positive start for Wall Street on Wednesday, after US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put off a vote on President Donald Trump’s call to boost COVID-19 relief checks.