BENGALURU (Reuters) - Indian shares touched a near five-month high on Tuesday, led by automaker and IT stocks, as markets across Asia and Europe gained on hopes for further U.S. stimulus, which could help cushion the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
The NSE Nifty 50 index .NSEI ended 1.52% higher at 11,300.55, and the S&P BSE Sensex closed up 1.47% at 38,492.95. Both indexes touched their highest levels since early March in the session.
Markets in Europe and Asia booked gains as investors wagered the U.S. Federal Reserve would reaffirm its dovish stance this week, and a tolerance for higher inflation.
Europe’s STOXX 600 eked out a 0.2% rise after MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS ended up 0.8%.
U.S. Senate Republicans on Monday also proposed a $1 trillion coronavirus aid package as the virus pandemic has killed nearly 150,000 people in the country.
India’s second-most valuable stock Tata Consultancy Services (TCS.NS) rose as much as 5.1% and pushed up the Nifty IT index .NIFTYIT nearly 2.5%.
Ultratech Cement (ULTC.NS) rose 7.2% and topped the Nifty gainers after the company reported a better-than-expected profit for the quarter ended June.
India’s coronavirus cases touched 1.48 million by Tuesday morning, government data showed.
Reporting by Derek Francis in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli