Tech, metal stocks lift Indian shares to highest in more than a month

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Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai

By Sethuraman N R

BENGALURU (Reuters) - Indian shares rose more than 1% to hit their highest in over a month as investors scooped up beaten-down technology and metal stocks, while the rupee plumbed new lows against the dollar earlier in the session.

The NSE Nifty 50 index ended up 1.43% at 16,278.50, while the S&P BSE Sensex rose 1.41% to 54,521.15. Both the indexes hit their highest since June 10.

The partially convertible rupee slumped to a record closing low of 79.97 against the dollar, versus Friday's close of 79.88. It fell to as much as 79.985 per dollar during the session.

India's benchmark 10-year bond yield ended largely flat at 7.44%.

The Nifty IT index, which is down more than 30% this year, gained 3.2%.

The metals index rose 2.5% as Chinese regulators encouraged lenders to extend loans to qualified real estate projects, boosting sentiment for metal markets. The index had lost 28% in the last two months. [MET/L]

"It could be a relief rally due to the oversold positions in both IT and metals. Globally also cues are conducive, as the U.S. consumer data was on the positive side," said Ajit Mishra, vice-president, research, Religare Broking.

U.S. economic data on Friday showed stronger-than-expected retail sales, an uptick in consumer sentiment, lower inflation expectations and cooling import prices.

Meanwhile, Morgan Stanley cut its forecast for India's annual growth to 7.2% for this year, as tighter financial conditions and a slowdown in global trade have pressured major economies around the world.

Among individual shares, IT security solutions company Quick Heal Technologies jumped as much as 20% on a proposal to buy back shares, while Bharat Electronics rose 3.7% on quarterly profit jump.

HDFC Bank dropped 1.1% after India's largest private lender missed quarterly profit estimates.

Investors will be focusing on earnings from heavyweights Reliance Industries, ICICI Bank, Hindustan Unilever and Wirpo this week.

(Reporting by Nallur Sethuraman in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)

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