Indian shares rose on Friday and were on course to finish the week higher, boosted by a jump in Reliance shares after the oil-to-telecoms conglomerate said it had become net-debt free.
The NSE Nifty 50 index rose 0.58% to 10,146.75, while the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex was up 0.51% at 34,387.71.
Shares of Reliance Industries Ltd rose 0.85% in early trade to a record high after the company said it had become net debt free after raising over 1.69 trillion rupees ($22.15 billion) over the last few weeks through stake sales in its digital arm and a rights issue.
Meanwhile, broader Asian shares were choppy, with MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan easing 0.06% as worries over spike in COVID-19 cases dampened expectations of a speedy economic recovery.
As of Thursday, COVID-19 cases in India had neared 367,000 and deaths were over 12,200.