Reuters Market Eye - Tata Steel Ltd gains 4.4 percent after global rival ArcelorMittal's operating profit beat street estimates.
That is raising hopes as Tata Steel gears up to report its earnings next week with traders betting on a better performance from its European subsidiary, Corus.
Other metal stocks also gain, with Hindalco Industries Ltd up 3.2 percent, Steel Authority of India Ltd higher 3.8 percent and JSW Steel Ltd up 1.8 percent.
The BSE Sensex is trading up nearly 1 percent after a choppy start.
(Reporting by Swati Bhat)