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Sensex climbs 5.1 pct, expiry watched


The Sensex ended 457.34 points up on Monday after a fresh plan to clean up the U.S. financial sector set off a strong rally across Asia.

Gains were led by Reliance Industries which rose 7.5 percent, NTPC (up 3.4 percent), ICICI Bank (up 7.3 percent) and Housing Development Finance Corp (up 8.4 percent) led the gains.
The U.S. government, in its latest move to rescue the economy from the clutches of a deep recession, has introduced a $1-trillion plan to rid banks’ balance sheets of bad loans and securities.

The Banking Index was up 6.6 percent on overall improvement in investor sentiments, while the Oil & Gas Index rose 6.4 percent on hopes of a recovery in the U.S. economy as crude oil prices rose toward $53 a barrel.

Tata Motors was up 3.2 percent at 166, ahead of the launch of the ultra low-cost “Nano”.