New Delhi, Dec. 3 -- Telecom shares, led by Bharti Airtel Ltd, were lapped up in Monday's trade as investors cheered Sunday's announcement by the country's three private sector operators that they would hike pre-paid tariffs of their call and data packs. Airtel hit a 52-week high of 485.75, gaining nearly 10% intra-day on BSE. It ended the day at 458.55, higher by 3.7% from Friday's close. The maximum tariff hike in Airtel's case is pegged at 47%.

Vodafone Idea Ltd (VIL) closed 14% up at 7.79 from its BSE close on Friday. Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) ended the session 2.3% higher, riding on a 40% tariff hike announced by its subsidiary Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. The Sensex ended the day up merely 0.02% at 40,802.17. Airtel and Vodafone's ...