Indian shares close at over 1-month high on bank, auto boost

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Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai

By Sethuraman N R

BENGALURU (Reuters) - Indian shares closed at a more than one-month high on Tuesday as banking and auto companies gained, while the rupee recovered after breaching 80 against the dollar.

The NSE Nifty 50 index advanced 0.38% to 16,340.55 while the S&P BSE Sensex rose 0.45% to 54,767.62, both closing at their highest since June 9.

The Nifty bank index rose 1%, while the auto index gained 1.1%.

"Concerns over inflation data are now out of the way and the (scaled down) expectations of U.S. Federal Reserve rate hike are not negative for markets," said Siddhartha Khemka, head of retail research at Motilal Oswal Financial Services.

"Monsoon has been progressing well, foreign investors' selling has come down ... The results season is picking up and comments and outlook from the companies will be a key driver for the markets going forward," Khemka added.

Consumer giant Hindustan Unilever ended up 0.6% ahead of its quarterly results, with investors looking for cues on the impact of higher inflation and demand outlook.

The rupee steadied after crossing 80.05 per dollar to hit a record low for a seventh successive session, as the central bank intervened by selling dollars, dealers said.

"The depreciating currency is a concern. The bigger concern is rising crude prices, which puts a lot more pressure on the currency due to more dollar outflows," Khemka said.

Satellite communication systems provider Nelco rose 5% after reporting a surge in June-quarter profit.

Shares of Nucleus Software Exports surged as much as 18% on the banking and financial software provider's deal with Vietnam Public Joint-stock Commercial Bank.

(Reporting by Nallur Sethuraman in Bengaluru; Editing by Vinay Dwivedi)

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