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Indian shares closed at another record high on Tuesday, driven by gains in heavyweights Reliance Industries and HDFC Bank as investors looked past a central bank report that warned of rising bad loans among the country's lenders.
The blue-chip NSE Nifty 50 index rose 0.54% to 14,563 and the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex rose 0.5% to 49,517.11.
Reliance Industries and HDFC Bank were the top boosts to the Nifty 50, rising 3.2% and 2%, respectively.
Late on Monday, the Financial Stability and Development Council said in a report that the gross non-performing assets of Indian banks might increase from 7.5% in September 2020 to 14.8% under a severe stress scenario.
"When markets are engulfed in this type of (buying) fever these kind of reports do not matter. It is all about liquidity and the fear of missing out," said Umesh Mehta, head of research at Samco Securities, Mumbai.
The Nifty bank index that fell nearly 1% in the morning session, ended up 1.1%, while the Nifty public sector bank index hit a more than 10-month high, surging 6%. "With COVID-19 vaccination expected soon in India, markets are enjoying a bullish phase and anticipation of a fast recovery is helping the index rise further," said Rahul Sharma, head of research, Equity99 Advisors in Mumbai.
Shares of Gail (India) Ltd rose as much as 5.8% to a 15-month high of 143.5 rupees after the state-owned gas distribution firm said it would consider a proposal to buy back shares.
Tata Motors rose 7.7%, buoyed by a double-digit increase in China sales of its luxury car unit Jaguar Land Rover (JLR).
Indian investors now await retail inflation data due later in the day, with a Reuters poll predicting it fell sharply last month, landing within the Reserve Bank of India's target range.
The broader NSE Nifty 50 index rose 0.72% to 10,882.15 and the S&P BSE Sensex climbed 0.7% to 36,809 by 0458 GMT, after falling for six straight sessions.
The blue-chip NSE Nifty 50 index closed 0.1% lower at 11,504.95, while the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex, which has fewer pharma components, ended down 0.34% at 38,845.82.
The blue-chip NSE Nifty 50 index closed 1.52% higher at 11,449.25, while the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex closed up 1.69% at 38,840.32. Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance closed 7.1% higher.
Brent crude futures climbed 19 cents, or 0.3%, to $56.10 a barrel while US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures rose 20 cents, or 0.4%, to $52.81 a barrel.
Spot gold was down 0.1% to $1,849.16 per ounce while US gold futures eased 0.2% to $1,847.50.
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