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BSE Sensex surges past 17,000

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The Sensex rose 1.5 percent on Wednesday to close above the 17,000 mark for the first time since May 2008.

The rise in the benchmark was led by SBI, Maruti Suzuki, BHEL and ICICI Bank. INDIA-STOCKS/

On the sectoral front, the banking sector led the indices gaining 3.6 percent followed by the Auto index, which rose 2.1 percent. The Capital Goods ended 1.7 percent higher.

India’s benchmark index hit a 16-month high last week. It has gained over 70 percent in the current year and almost 18 percent in September quarter.

Among sectors, the banking index rose over 70 percent in 2009 while the auto index surged over 170 percent.

TCS gains 3.9 percent

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Shares in India’s top IT services firm by sales gained nearly 4 percent in a broader market that ended 0.96 percent up at 16,853.

The stock which carries over 2 percent weightage in the main index, closed at 610 rupees with volumes of 0.58 million.

Healthcare stocks surprise in a weak mkt

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MARKETS-SOUTHASIA-STOCKSThe BSE Healthcare index bucked the trend on Friday and rose over 5 percent in a weak market that saw the main index closing 0.5 percent lower.

Dr. Reddy’s shares jumped over 10 percent, Orchid Chemicals gained over 9 percent, and Aurobindo Pharma rose over 8 percent.

Infosys drops in flat mkt

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Shares of Infosys Technologies fell over 3 percent to 2,285 rupees on Thursday in a market that saw volatile trade with the expiry of monthly derivatives.

Infosys, which has an over 8 percent weightage in the main index, dropped as much as 80 rupees with a volume of 0.3 million, making it the top loser in the index which ended flat.infy

Mixed day for banking stocks

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MICROFINANCE/The BSE banking index ended marginally lower on Wednesday as the Sensex slipped over 150 points, but some banking stocks still managed to post decent gains.

Leading the pack was Indian Overseas Bank which jumped over 7 percent, and Federal Bank which gained 3.1 percent. Bigger peers like SBI and ICICI ended the day in the red.

P&G shares on a roll

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Graph showing price movement of P&G shares.Shares in Procter & Gamble Hygiene & Health Care, the Indian unit of Procter & Gamble Co., are on a rise ever since the company declared its quarterly numbers in August-end.

On Tuesday, its shares jumped by over 12 percent to 1,577 rupees and closed at their lifetime high.

Dr Reddy’s surges on Glaxo report

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Dr Reddy’s shares hit an intra-day high of 900 rupees on Friday before closing 3.6 pct up at 865.45 rupees.

Shares in the drugmaker jumped to a 3-1/2-year high on a report that GlaxoSmithline is in talks to buy a 5 percent stake in the company for $150 million.INDIA-CHILDREN/UNICEF

Reliance drops on share sale

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Shares in Reliance Industries ended over 4 percent down at 2,086 rupees on Thursday while the BSE Sensex ended flat.

Reliance, which has over 13 percent weightage in the main index, dropped as much as 97 rupees making it the top loser in the index.

Tata Steel leads metals

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Tata Steel shares jumped 8.2 percent on Wednesday, registering their biggest one-day rise in more than three months and their best close in a year. The surge helped the BSE Metal Index gain 4.2 percent.

tata-steelThe counter led the gainers on the BSE after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the U.S. recession was probably over, boosting metals stocks across regions. Shanghai copper futures also rose but lagged the international market.

Reliance Ind leads Sensex rise

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Shares in Reliance Industries ended 1.5 percent higher at 2180 rupees, pushing the broader market up 1.4 percent to 16,454.

Reliance Industries, which has the maximum weightage on the Sensex, ended as the top gainer in terms of net gain on the BSE Oil & Gas Index and also among the 30 Sensex components.reliance-15sep

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