IT stocks traded higher for a seventh straight session even as the broader Sensex inched towards the key 20,000 mark amid a global rally. The BSE IT benchmark traded 0.5 per cent higher as of 10.15 a.m., outperforming the broader Sensex, which traded with 0.35 per cent gains.
Strong buying interest was seen in Tata Consultancy Services, India's biggest outsourcer, after global investment bank UBS retained its "buy" call on the stock with a price target of Rs 1,850.
Infosys, which reported subdued earnings in the fourth quarter, gained 0.4 per cent after UBS said the stock can hit a high of Rs 2,900.
While TCS traded 1 per cent higher at Rs 1,484, Infosys gained 0.4 per cent to Rs 2,358. 10 of the 12 stocks on the BSE IT benchmark traded in the green.
UBS said it has a positive outlook on Indian IT stocks as near-term price weakness presents an attractive opportunity.
IT stocks had corrected on concerns over the proposed U.S. Immigration Bill, which seeks to put curbs on the use of H-1B visa for those companies which have a higher ratio of work force under this category.
However, UBS says Indian vendors will be able to handle the proposed changes in the Bill.