Gains in Sensex were, however, capped after SBI shares slipped by over 3.4 percent on dismal earnings. The 30-share index, which had gained 124.46 points in the previous session, rose further by 157.64 points, or 0.84 percent, to 18,946.98. Intra-day, it had touched 19,066.97.

Monday's gain was Sensex's best since 179.6 points on July 18. Brokers said the market was in oversold zone following recent bearish phase and investors indulged in picking fundamentally strong stocks available at attractive levels.

Among Sensex components, 20 stocks ended with gains led by ITC, Sun Pharma, Infosys, Jindal Steel, Sterlite Industries, Hindustan Unilever and Bajaj Auto. The broad-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty rose 46.75 points, or 0.84 percent, to cross the key 5600-mark. It ended at 5,612.40, led by metal, FMCG and healthcare stocks.

SX40 index, the flagship index of MCX-SX, closed at 11,258.94, up 105.09, or 0.94 percent. Exports grew by 11.64 percent to USD 25.83 billion in July, snapping two consecutive months of decline. All eyes are now on Consumer Price Inflation (July) and IIP figures (June).

"New liquidity tightening measures announced by the RBI had a negative impact on the banking stocks. The downtrend in banking stocks was aggravated by the poor asset quality of SBI, which declared quarterly numbers," said Dipen Shah, Head- Private Client Group Research, Kotak Securities.

Analysts said expectations are high that the government and the RBI will come out with a raft of measures to support the rupee and instill confidence in the markets. Sectorally, the BSE metal sector index gained the most by 4.52 per cent followed by FMCG (2.30 percent), Healthcare (2 percent) and Capital Goods (1.95 percent).

(Agencies)

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