Sensex ends 286 points higher; Nifty settles at 10966

Equity indices close at record highs IT stocks gain

Sensex at life-time-high at 35798.01 pts

The Sensex was not too far behind with the index hitting the key 36,000 mark for the first time ever. Asian markets are broadly higher after U.S. Senators reached a deal to end the federal government shutdown and the Bank of Japan held its monetary policy steady, as widely expected.

The wider Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) provisionally closed higher by 71.50 points or 0.66 per cent at a new level of 10,966.20 points during the intra-day trade.

Indian Oil Corporation jumped 2.4 percent ahead of a board meeting next week to consider a bonus issue.

TCS rose the most among Sensex components by surging 5.36 per cent to close at new high of Rs 3,113.15, followed by Reliance Industries at 4.50 per cent at Rs 971.20.

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While the Nifty 50 came close to the 11000-mark, ending at 10966.20, the BSE Sensex jumped almost 287 points to finish at 35798.01, all-time closing highs for both the indices.

A steep fall in provisions for bad assets has helped the third largest private sector lender Axis Bank to report a 25.34 per cent growth in December quarter net at Rs 726.44 crore on Monday. The BSE market breadth was bullish as 1,580 stocks advanced as against 1,318 declines.

Mumbai: Continuing with gains for the fourth consecutive trade session, the key Indian equity indices on Monday yet again surged to record high levels with healthy buying in consumer durables, IT and capital goods stocks. The Taiwan TSEC 50 index closed over 80 points higher, Japan's Nikkei ended eight points higher, and the Shanghai index gained over 13 points.

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