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Nifty Hits Near Six-month High as Election Commission Blares Poll Bugles

Shares of State Bank of India jumped 2.8 percent to the highest in over a month, after the state-run lender said on Friday it would link savings bank deposits and short-term loans to the repo rate of the Reserve Bank of India from May.

Reuters

Updated:March 13, 2019, 5:36 PM IST
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Mumbai: The country's shares rose on Monday, with the Nifty reaching its highest level since September 26, as investors pinned their hopes on a win for the incumbent party in the next election.

"This is part of an election rally and FII (foreign insitutional investor) data has been positive... There were lot of policy changes by the current government. If there is stability in policies, it is good even from a global investor's perspective," said Anita Gandhi, whole time director, Arihant Capital Markets.

The broader NSE Nifty was trading up 0.89 percent at 11,133.65 as of 515 GMT, after rising as much as 0.94 percent to the highest since September 26. The benchmark BSE Sensex was 0.77 percent higher at 36,952.75.

Shares of State Bank of India jumped 2.8 percent to the highest in over a month, after the state-run lender said on Friday it would link savings bank deposits and short-term loans to the repo rate of the Reserve Bank of India from May.

Other state-run lenders also rose, with the Nifty PSU bank index up 2.3 percent.

Gains were also seen across the energy sector. Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd and Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd were the top percentage gainers on the NSE index, up 4.5 percent and 3.5 percent, respectively.

Shares of Jet Airways Ltd rose as much as 4.8 percent to 255 rupees, the highest in over a month, after a report said the debt-laden carrier has secured a loan of 20.50 billion rupees ($293.07 million) from Punjab National Bank.

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| Edited by: Ahona Sengupta
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