Sensex up 69 pts on hopes of rate cut by RBI
The 30-share barometer, which had gained almost 358 points in the previous four sessions, added 68.72 points, or 0.35 per cent, to 19,852.80 with stocks of oil and gas, auto, PSUs, metal and health-care sectors extending support.
Similarly, the wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty moved up by 26 points, or 0.43 per cent, to 6,042.15.
Brokers said the trading sentiment remained firm on continued buying by funds and retail investors, largely on hopes that the RBI may cut rates later this month, triggering increased buying activity.
Besides, expectations that the corporates may come out with an encouraging third quarter earnings season, which begins later this week, also boosted the trading sentiment, they added.
Among Asian markets, Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose by 0.11 per cent, while Japan's Nikkei shed 0.34 per cent.
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GLOBAL MARKETS ROUND UP
Nifty futures on the Singapore Exchange rose 0.26 percent. The MSCI-Asia Pacific index, excluding Japan was flat.
Asian stocks drifted as investors booked profits from a New Year rally that had pushed markets to multi-month highs, but financial stocks gained after global regulators decided to relax draft plans for tough new bank liquidity rules.
The benchmark Standard & Poor's 500 index ended at
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