July 3, 2020 / 4:11 AM / a month ago

Indian shares hit near 4-month highs, Reliance rises on Intel investment

BENGALURU, July 3 (Reuters) - Indian shares scaled near four-month highs on Friday, as upbeat data from the United States and China outweighed concerns about surging domestic cases of the novel coronavirus, while Reliance Industries climbed after Intel invested in its digital unit.

The benchmark indexes rose for a third day, with the NSE Nifty 50 index rising 0.39% to 10,592.55 by 0351 GMT and the S&P BSE Sensex by 0.34% to 35,963.73. Both indexes were set for their third straight weekly gain.

Broader Asian markets were supported by data that showed China’s services sector in June expanded at the fastest pace in over a decade, and a better-than-expected jump in U.S. nonfarm payrolls.

In Mumbai, Reliance Industries Ltd rose as much as 1.4% to its highest since June 22 after saying Intel Corp would buy a 0.39% stake in its digital unit, Jio Platforms, for 18.95 billion rupees ($253.55 million).

Shares of Cadila Healthcare Ltd rose as much as 4.6% after getting an approval from Indian regulators to begin human studies for its COVID-19 vaccine contender. (Reporting by Chris Thomas in Bengaluru; editing by Uttaresh.V)

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