Sensex today: ITC, Tata Steel top movers; index gains over 250 points

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Sensex, Nifty climb nearly 1% on positive global cues

The 30-share Sensex was trading higher by 421.83 points, or 1.27%, to 33,728.97 at 2.00 pm on Monday.

Investors lapped up recently battered metal, oil & gas, FMCG, banking, power, infrastructure, IT, auto, and capital goods stocks amid fresh capital inflows by foreign funds ahead of key IIP and inflation data to be released after market hours today, brokers said.

HCL Technologies, ITC, Tech Mahindra, Tata Steel and Vedanta were among the top gainers in the Nifty50 index. The S&P 500 Index rose on Friday and the Nasdaq Composite Index soared to a fresh record high after USA non-farm payrolls data topped forecasts.

The broader NSE Nifty rose 96.10 points, or 0.93 percent, to 10,322.95.

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Bharti Airtel rose the most by 4.68 per cent among Sensex scrips its board approved raising up to Rs 16,500 crore for refinancing debt and paying for spectrum liabilities. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 is up 2.1 per cent, Hong Kong's Hang Seng too is up 1.5 per cent and Shanghai Composite is marginally up with gains of 0.3 per cent at 7.04 hours IST.

China data: China's industrial production, retail sales and fixed-asset investment numbers will be released on Wednesday and are are likely to point to slower growth, according to Bloomberg Economics forecasts.

Meanwhile, Asian and European markets extended their last weekend's rally after a positive USA jobs report boosted optimism in the world's leading economy despite tariff hike on steel and aluminum by president Donald Trump. On the BSE, 1,067 stocks gained, 297 stocks declined, while 59 stocks remained unchanged.

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