Stock markets started Monday's session on a positive note amid cautious trade. The Sensex gained as much as 250 points to touch 36,636 at the strongest point in early trade, while the Nifty moved up 60 points to hit 10,950. Advances were led by energy and pharma stocks. The domestic markets also tracked gains in other Asian peers where equities shrugged off data showing economic growth slowed in China. Analysts await more large cap companies to report their earnings this week.

Reliance Industries, Sun Pharma, Infosys, Bajaj Finance, HDFC Bank and Bharti Airtel were among the top trading stocks on the BSE platform with their stocks rising as much as 2,75 per cent. On NSE, except for Nifty Realty, all other sub-indices were trading in green with Nifty Pharma leading the pack, up 1.13 percent.

Experts have said that the ongoing corporate results season, rupee movement and global cues will set the tone for the domestic equity markets this week.

"The market will closely watch supervision and management commentary of the companies coming out with theitheir earnings," said Mustafa Nadeem, CEO, Epic Research.

On the global front, Asian markets kept their nerve as data showed the Chinese economy slowed at the end of last year, underlining the urgent need for more stimulus as Beijing wrestles with the United States over trade.

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