Market Watch: Will Nifty cross 18,600 on Friday?

Welcome to ETMarkets Watch, your daily wrap-up to the day on Dalal Street. I am Nikhil Agarwal.A fresh round of optimism over a possible Fed pivot and firm global cues gave Dalal Street bulls a shot in the arm. Late-hour buying in domestic markets drove BSE barometer Sensex to a new all-time high of 62412.33 on Thursday.The 30-pack index, which rallied nearly 900 points intraday, settled at its new closing high of 62,272.68, up 762.10 points or 1.24%.Meanwhile, its NSE counterpart, Nifty50, settled 216.85 points or 1.19% higher at 18,484.10. The index hit a new 52-week high of 18,529.70 earlier today.Dalal Street investors were left richer by Rs 2.46 lakh crore today as the market capitalisation of all BSE-listed stocks hit Rs 283.9 lakh crore.Earlier in Asian markets, Japan’s Nikkei 225 advanced 0.95%, South Korea’s Kospi surged 0.96%, while China’s Shanghai Composite declined 0.25%. In the last trading session, US markets closed in the green. Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.08%, S&P 500 surged 0.59%, and Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.99%. The US markets are closed today for the Thanksgiving holiday.Brent crude futures fell 0.3% to $85.13. U.S. crude oil futures eased 0.2% to $77.74/barrel.The Indian rupee rose to 81.63 to the US dollar from 81.8450 in the previous session, amid the broad decline in the US dollar after Federal Reserve minutes reaffirmed expectations of a down-shift in the pace of rate hikes.Mr Gaurav Ratnaparkhi of Sharekhan said the index is now eyeing an all-time high of 18604. This will be the make or break level to be monitored on a closing basis, which will determine further course of action not only from a short-term perspective but also for the medium term. That’s all for now. Do check out ETMarkets.com for all the news, market analysis, investment strategies and dozens of stock recommendations. Enjoy your evening. Bye Bye.