Sensex scales a record high of 50,000; Reliance gains on nod for Future deal

A broker trades on his computer terminal at a stock brokerage firm in Mumbai, January 20, 2016. Photo: REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade/Files

Indian shares rose to a record high on Thursday, with the benchmark index scaling the 50,000 level for the first time, boosted by heavyweight Reliance Industries after the country's stock exchanges approved its deal with Future Group.

The blue-chip NSE Nifty 50 index rose 0.44% to 14,708 and the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex was up 0.45% at 50,014.55 by 0346 GMT.

Investor sentiment was also boosted with global equity benchmarks hitting record highs on Wednesday on expectations of further US stimulus from newly inaugurated US President Joe Biden's administration.

Reliance shares rose 1.7% after Indian stock exchanges on Wednesday gave the go-ahead for Future Group's $3.4 billion deal to sell its retail assets, taking it a step closer towards closing a deal that has soured ties with its business partner Inc.

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