The BSE benchmark Sensex today rose over 41 points in early trade on sustained buying by participants on hopes Reserve Bank of India will cut interest rate tomorrow and better-than-expected corporate earnings.
The 30-share barometer, which had gained 179.75 points in the previous session on Friday, rose by 41.10 points, or 0.20 per cent, to 20,144.63, with realty, banking and auto sector stocks leading the rise.
Similarly, the wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty gained 9.40 points, or 0.15 per cent, to 6,084.05.
Brokers said increased buying by funds on hopes that the RBI may announce a rate cut in its monetary policy review tomorrow, influenced the trading sentiments.
Besides, better-than-expected quarterly earnings by Maruti and Reliance Power and a firming trend in the Asian region also had a positive impact, they said.
Meanwhile, in Asia, Japan's Nikkei was up by 0.70 percent, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng gained 0.35 per cent.The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.51 per cent higher on Friday.
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Nifty futures on the Singapore Exchange rose 0.1 percent. The MSCI-Asia Pacific index, excluding Japan was down 0.13 percent.
South Korean shares were hit by earnings worries, dragging down the broader Asian share index, but improving economic prospects in Europe and solid U.S. earnings underpinned sentiment.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index closed above 1,500 for the first time in more than five years on Friday as strong U.S. earnings reports helped the benchmark extend its rally to eight days.
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Coal India Ltd said in a court filing The Children's Investment Fund cannot force the state firm to raise prices for the interest of a particular shareholder, and that the company and its directors are under no obligation to sell coal at international prices.
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Ashok Leyland Ltd is hoping to raise around 5 billion rupees by offloads stakes in some of its subsidiaries as well as IndusInd Bank Ltd, chief financial officer K Sridharan told analysts.
Jet Airways (India) Ltd will sell a 24 percent stake to Etihad Airways for around $300 million, according to two people close to the development, neither of whom wanted to be named.