Mumbai: Equity benchmark indices edged higher during early hours on Monday amid strong global cues coupled with investors awaiting the Union Budget this week.
At 10:15 am, the BSE S&P Sensex was up 222 points at 39,616 while the Nifty 50 jumped 61 points to 11,849. All sectoral indices except PSU bank at the National Stock Exchange were in the positive zone.
Among stocks, Dr. Reddy traded 2.3 percent higher while power utility major NTPC gained over 2 percent. Indiabulls Housing Finance, Eicher Motors and Tata Steel also moved up over 1.5 percent.
However, shares of Reliance Home Finance slipped 5.5 percent after the company failed to repay the principal obligations on its non-convertible debentures held by Reliance Mutual Fund worth Rs 400 crore.
Eveready Industries too fell 5 percent after Price Waterhouse resigned as its statutory auditor over the weekend, citing an inability to analyze the impact of financial support extended by the battery maker to its promoter group entities.
Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum, Ultratech Cement and Bharti Infratel were also in the red.
Meanwhile, Asian stocks rallied as a thaw in US-China trade dispute averted one threat to the global economy.
The United States and China agreed on Saturday to restart trade talks after President Donald Trump offered concessions to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping when the two met on sidelines of G-20 summit in Japan.
The Shanghai Composite gained 1.3 percent. Japanese shares also jumped through South Korea’s benchmark was little changed.