India’s Stocks Rose to Highest since May 2008

India’s stocks rose to their highest in 19 months

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India’s stocks rose to their highest in 19 months after foreign direct investment into the nation jumped 61 percent

and the government relaxed a rule to make some state-run companies globally competitive.

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Tata Motors Ltd., soared to the highest in more than two years after foreign direct investment into the nation rose to $1.74 billion in November.

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Oil & Natural Gas Corp., the largest state-owned oil explorer, climbed the most in three weeks as the government increased the cap on the amount some state-run companies can spend to acquire assets and set up joint ventures.

“Money always chases opportunity and now the opportunity is in India,” said

Jagannadham Thunuguntla, chief strategist at SMC Capitals Ltd. in New Delhi.

“There are not many options left for the global investor.”

The Bombay Stock Exchange’s Sensitive Index, or Sensex, gained 129.50, or 0.8 percent, to 17,360.61, the highest since May 16, 2008.

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The gauge has risen 3.8 percent this week, the most in more than a month.

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The Sensex climbed 80 percent this year, set for its best annual performance in 18 years as economic expansion accelerated and the election victory of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ruling coalition in May raised optimism he will push through reform measures to boost growth.

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The S&P CNX Nifty Index on the National Stock Exchange rose 0.7 percent to 5,178.40.

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The BSE 200 Index increased 0.7 percent to 2,169.65.

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