Indian shares hit all-time highs on Thursday, boosted by banking stocks, while auto and telecom companies climbed a day after the federal government approved support packages for both sectors.
The blue-chip NSE Nifty 50 index was up 0.3% at 17,568.2 by 9:34 am, having hit a peak of 17,576.9. The benchmark S&P BSE Sensex rose 0.27% to 58,878.0, after touching a record high of 58,908.18.
Private banks rose 0.45%, with lender IndusInd Bank jumping 1.6% to be the top gainer on the Nifty 50 index.
The S&P BSE Telecom index advanced 2%. The federal cabinet approved on Wednesday a relief package for the cash-strapped sector.
Vodafone Idea soared over 9%, while larger peer Bharti Airtel was up 0.4%.
The government also approved a $3.5 billion incentive scheme for the automobile sector, pushing auto stocks 0.5% higher. Auto parts maker Bosch Ltd rose 1.5% to lead gains in the sector.
In Asia, shares were dragged lower by Chinese equities, a day after the country reported a set of underwhelming economic data.