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BENGALURU: Indian shares advanced on Monday, led by an uptick in financials while improved global cues due to a weekend debt ceiling deal in the U.S. added heft.

The blue-chip Nifty 50 index closed 0.54% higher at 18,598.65, while the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex rose 0.55% to 62,846.38. Both benchmarks closed at five-month highs for the second session in a row.

Technical indicators showed the Nifty 50 moved to the overbought zone on Monday, implying a potential slide in the near term. The benchmark is nearly 300 points away from its record-high levels.

“Nifty looks set for a new high after the consolidation breakout,” said Ajit Mishra, vice president - research at Religare Broking. Analysts had expected Nifty to trade in the 18,050-18,450 range, ahead of the recent rally.

“Focus should remain on identifying the leaders across sectors instead of adding laggards in the hope of recovery.”

Eleven of the 13 sectoral indexes logged gains, with the high-weightage financials rising 0.84%.

Indian shares open higher on improved global cues

ICICI Lombard General Insurance Ltd surged over 8% after ICICI Bank’s board approved raising its stake in the company by 4%.

Auto index rose 0.63% powered by a nearly 4% gain in Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. The stock, second heaviest in the auto index, was the top gainer on the Nifty 50 after reporting a rise in March-quarter profit.

Among individual stocks, drugmaker Lupin Ltd gained over 3% to hit a 15-month high after its Canada subsidiary received approval to market a generic version of its pulmonary disease drug.

Shares of Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd fell nearly 3% after reporting a loss in the fourth quarter.

Sentiment improved after U.S. President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy forged an agreement over the weekend to suspend the $31.4 trillion debt ceiling until 2025, ahead of the June 1 deadline.

The deal will have to pass through the U.S. Congress.

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