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Indian stocks close at record levels as banks, metals jump

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BENGALURU, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Indian shares rose for the seventh straight session to close at an all-time high on Monday helped by gains in public sector banks, while metals and energy stocks surged on the back of a rise in commodity prices.

The NSE Nifty 50 index (.NSEI) closed up 0.76% at 18,477.05, while the S&P BSE Sensex (.BSESN) rose 0.76% to 61,762.86.

The Nifty Metals index (.NIFTYMET) surged 3.9%, led by gains of more than 10% in National Aluminium Co (NALU.NS), Vedanta (VDAN.NS), Hindustan Copper (HZNC.NS) and Hindustan Zinc (HZNC.NS), as global metal prices spiked.

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The Nifty Energy index (.NIFTYENR) rose 1.5% after crude prices hit their highest in years.

The Nifty Bank index (.NSEBANK) gained 0.80%, while the public sector bank index (.NIFTYPSU) surged 3.98%, rising for a seventh straight session.

Shares of PNB Housing Finance Ltd (PNBH.NS) fell 5% to their lowest since early June after the mortgage lender scrapped a fund-raising deal with a group of investors, led by private-equity firm Carlyle Group (CG.O). read more

Real estate developer Indiabulls Real Estate (INRL.NS) rose as much as 13.4% after it reported a quarterly net profit compared with a loss a year earlier.

Shares of Tata Power (TTPW.NS) rose as much as 19% after a report last week said the power generation company was in talks with pension and sovereign fund managers to raise about $500 million, before a planned IPO by its renewable energy unit.

Investors are now looking to updates from industries after state-run Coal India (COAL.NS) temporarily stopped auctioning coal to non-power customers and reduced contracted supplies, potentially hurting companies in other industries as India battles one of its worst power supply deficits in years. read more

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Reporting by Nallur Sethuraman in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta

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