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Sensex, Nifty rise; Tata Motors rallies as loss narrows

Shares gained on Tuesday, as stock markets opened for trade after an extended three-day weekend, boosted by a sharp jump in Tata Motors Ltd after the automaker narrowed quarterly losses. The broader NSE Nifty was up 0.42% at 11,675.20 by 0430 GMT, while the benchmark BSE Sensex was stronger by 0.46% at 39,428.91.

Sensex, Nifty rise; Tata Motors rallies as loss narrows

BENGALURU: Shares gained on Tuesday, as stock markets opened for trade after an extended three-day weekend, boosted by a sharp jump in Tata Motors Ltd after the automaker narrowed quarterly losses. The broader NSE Nifty was up 0.42% at 11,675.20 by 0430 GMT, while the benchmark BSE Sensex was stronger by 0.46% at 39,428.91.

Broader Asian markets also rose, after optimism for a U.S.-China trade deal and hopes of fresh policy stimulus from the Federal Reserve buoyed investor sentiment, with MSCI`s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan adding 0.2%. In the United States, the S&P 500 gained 0.56% to score a record closing peak, while the Dow rose 0.49% after U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he expected to sign a significant part of the trade deal with China ahead of schedule.

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In domestic markets, the Nifty Auto index rose over 3% with Jaguar Land Rover owner Tata Motors jumping over 16% to its highest in over three months, after reporting a narrower quarterly loss on Friday. Reliance Industries Ltd, the biggest Indian company by market value, hit a record high, climbing 1.5% in early trade.

The Nifty IT index inched up over half a per cent with shares of IT services firm Tata Consultancy Services Ltd adding 1.57%. Among the losers, shares of InterGlobe Aviation Ltd, parent of the country`s largest airline IndiGo, fell as much as 5.19%, after India`s air safety watchdog on Monday asked the airline for more checks on planes with Pratt & Whitney engines. Adding to the firm`s woes, the airline posted its biggest-ever quarterly loss on Friday.

Bharti Airtel Ltd`s stock fell as much as 4.02% after the telecom major deferred releasing quarterly results to Nov 14 and Vodafone Idea Ltd tumbled over 7%. Both stocks have been under pressure after India`s top court last week upheld a demand by the telecoms department that wireless carriers pay 920 billion rupees ($13.01 billion) in overdue levies and interest.

($1 = 70.7400 Indian rupees)