India's Sensex jumps 300 points as Budget session begins; Maruti up 4%

Asian shares has extended rally following a surge in Wall Street

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Trader works at a brokerage in Mumbai, India. Reuters

India shares gained on Monday, led by Maruti Suzuki and Tata Steel while a rally in global equities supported risk appetite.

Traders await the government's economic survey due later in the day and its last full-year Union budget on February 1 before the 2019 elections.

At 0610 GMT, the S&P BSE Sensex added 0.92 percent at 36,381 while the broader NSE Nifty advanced 0.76 percent to 11,153.

Among the top Sensex gainers, Tata Consultancy Services gained 2.4 percent, Maruti Suzuki advanced 4 percent, ICICI Bank added 2 percent while Tata Steel was up 2.5 percent.

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Maruti Suzuki India gained after its board approved a change in the way it calculates royalties that will result in lower payments for new models.

Avenue Supermarkets climbed 5 percent after the company posted a near 66 percent jump in its net profit.

But Dr. Reddy's Laboratories lost 4.4 percent after the company reported a 28 percent drop in its net profit for December quarter.

Meanwhile, Asian shares extended rally following a surge in Wall Street, with the Dow closing at fresh record highs on Friday amid upbeat corporate earnings.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.4 percent, aiming for a 12th straight session of gains. It is up 8 percent for the year so far. Japan's Nikkei rose 0.5 percent as the yen eased a little, while South Korea notched a record, Reuters data showed.

This article was first published on January 29, 2018