* NSE index 0.56% higher, BSE index rises 0.52%
* Nifty auto index up nearly 2%
* Tech Mahindra jumps 5.75%
By Derek Francis
BENGALURU, July 28 (Reuters) - Indian shares climbed on Tuesday, led by auto and IT stocks, as stock markets across Asia gained on hopes that another flood of U.S. stimulus would cushion the global impact of renewed coronavirus outbreaks.
The NSE Nifty 50 index gained 0.56% to 11,194.1 by 0349 GMT and the S&P BSE Sensex rose 0.52% to 38,131.78.
Asian shares shook off coronavirus concerns and Sino-U.S. tensions to make early gains as investors wagered the U.S. Federal Reserve would reaffirm its super-easy policy outlook this week, and a tolerance for higher inflation.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 1.2% on the prospect of more fiscal spending and endless cheap liquidity, with Fed Chair Jerome Powell expected to sound reassuringly accommodative after a policy meeting on Wednesday.
U.S. Senate Republicans on Monday proposed a $1 trillion coronavirus aid package as the virus pandemic has killed nearly 150,000 people in the United States.
“Expectations of a U.S. stimulus has contributed to positivity across many other global markets,” said Ajit Mishra, vice president research at Religare Broking in New Delhi.
“Any positive signs from the U.S. market will have an impact on domestic sentiment.”
In Mumbai, the Nifty auto index rose nearly 2%. Automakers Mahindra and Mahindra and Tata Motors gained over 2.5% each.
Investors are hoping for improved monthly auto sales numbers when they are announced in a week’s time, Mishra said.
IT services firm Tech Mahindra rose as much as 5.75% to the top of Nifty gainers’ list, pushing up the Nifty IT index nearly 1.5%, after it reported higher quarterly profit.
Bharti Infratel was the top laggard, shedding 2.4%, after it reported downbeat quarterly results and announced the resignation of its chief executive officer.
India’s coronavirus cases touched 1.48 million by Tuesday morning, government data showed https://www.mohfw.gov.in. (Reporting by Derek Francis in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi Aich)