The market rally was driven by strong buying in the banking space and recovery in metals and oil & gas counters. Traders said sustained foreign capital inflows also boosted investor sentiment.
    
Earning season guidance and expectations from upcoming budget also aided the rally, brokers said. HDFC at 5.84 percent was the biggest Sensex gainer, followed by SSLT at 5.36 percent, Tata Steel 4.50 percent, Axis Bank 4.33 percent and Tata Motors 3.78 percent.
    
The 30-share BSE index resumed higher remained in the positive terrain throughout the day before ending at at all-time closing high of 28,784.67, a steep jump of 522.66 points of 1.85 per cent from its previous close.
    
The 50-share NSE Nifty also rose by 144.90 points or 1.69 percent to 8,695.60, its record closing high, after crossing 8,700-level for the first time in its history.
    
"Markets continued the good run and closed at a fresh high on the back of positive sentiments emanating from the RBI rate cut, expectations of further reforms from the Government, expectations of ECB stimulus and a slightly  netter-than- expected GDP number from China," said  Dipen Shah, Head, Private Client Group Research, Kotak Securities.
    
Asian markets ended higher after China reported its economy had not slowed as far as many had feared. Key indices in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan finished higher by 0.80-2.07 percent.
    
"Equity markets (in India) scaled a new high today. There is no one reason for this, the market is in a bull grip. The IMF’s optimistic forecast on India’s expected growth rate till 2016 was another shot in the arm, as was the prediction that India’s growth rate may exceed China’s after a long time," said Jayant Manglik, President, Retail Distribution, Religare Securities.
    
Foreign portfolio investors bought shares worth a net Rs 433.72 crore on Monday, as per provisional data from stock exchanges.

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