Indian stocks hit record, break 10,000 barrier



India's stock markets hit record highs on Tuesday with the National Stock Exchange's much-watched Nifty index breaking the psychological 10,000 point mark for the first time as traders take heart from economic reforms.

The Nifty, which consists of 50 of India's top companies across more than a dozen sectors, rose 0.45 percent, or 44.90 points, to hit 10,011.30 shortly after opening.

That came as the Bombay Stock Exchange's Sensex index extended its golden run, rising 0.39 percent, or 128.43 points, to 32,374.30, also an all-time high as Indian equities enjoy a months-long rally.

The two markets have piled on 20 percent this year -- outperforming most other global markets, including in Japan and the United States as confidence is boosted by reforms to Asia's third-largest economy.

Experts say Prime Minister Narendra Modi's moves to improve the ease of doing business, coupled with stable inflation and a general pickup in worldwide sentiment is fuelling the boom.

The BSE is Asia's oldest stock market and was established in 1875 while the NSE's Nifty index was launched in 1996, although it has been growing in importance.

Domestic investors have bought around 250 billion rupees ($3.88 billion) worth of stock across both exchanges since January 1 while foreign investors have acquired more than $8 billion.

"Crossing the 10,000 benchmark shows investor sentiment is strong and the economy is in a good spot," IIFL Institutional Equities economist Ashutosh Datar told AFP.