Sensex rises to 7-month high

Shares climbed for a fifth day, led by utilities and automakers, amid optimism about the outlook for company earnings and increases in regional equities. Coal India, the world's top producer, gained the most in three months after raising prices. Hindalco Industries,an aluminum maker, jumped the most in seven years after its profit doubled.

NTPC, the largest power generator, posted the steepest climb in two months after posting earnings that beat estimates. Tata Motors was the best performer on the Sensex before its earnings due Monday. The.

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