Sensex, Nifty Post Best Monthly Gain In Six On Earnings Outlook

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Indian equity benchmarks rose to their highest level in over two months led by private sector lenders and Reliance Industries which rose to record high ahead of its March quarter earnings.

Of the 12 Nifty companies that have reported their January to March earnings so far, net incomes at six have matched or beaten analyst estimates, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

The S&P BSE Sensex rose 0.7 percent or 256 points to 34,969.70 and the NSE Nifty 50 index climbed 0.7 percent or 74 points to 10,692.

In April, benchmarks posted their best monthly gain since October last year. The Sensex rose 6 percent and the Nifty 50 index surged 5.7 percent, making it best April in nine years.

Sixteen out of 19 sector gauges compiled by BSE ended higher led by the S&P BSE Bankex index's 2 percent gain. On the flipside, the S&P BSE IT index was the top sectoral loser, down 1 percent.

Sensex, Nifty Post Best Monthly Gain In Six On Earnings Outlook

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Sensex, Nifty Post Best Monthly Gain In Six On Earnings Outlook

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Shares of the Mumbai-based private sector lender rose as much as 10 percent, the most in nearly four years, to Rs 543.10.

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Source: Bloomberg