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Reliance climbs about 3%, the Nifty closes at 18,499, and the Sensex leaps 629 points as IT companies soar

The Sensex and Nifty ended at record highs on Tuesday, with the Sensex gaining 629 points or 1.7% to close at 37,327 and the Nifty climbing 1.8% to settle at 18,499.

Reliance Industries extended its winning streak for a fifth consecutive session, rising 2.9% to close at a fresh record high of Rs 1,586.8. IT stocks such as Infosys, HCL Technologies and Wipro also gained, rallying between 1.5-3%.

Metal stocks also jumped, with Hindalco, Vedanta and JSW Steel up nearly 5%, 4% and 6%, respectively, ITC and L&T ended over 2% higher each, while Bajaj Finance was up 4.6%. Among the losers were Yes Bank, down 1.4%, and UPL, down 0.7%.

Meanwhile, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) were net buyers in the capital markets, purchasing equities worth Rs 1,307.06 crore on Tuesday, according to provisional exchange data.