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How to rate the budget?

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INDIA-BUDGET/When the finance minister presents the budget, the stock market moves one way or the other.

And like every year this will dominate the news.

Over there and everywhere.

Is that fair? Or convincing?

Some of the analysis will follow a pattern.

If the stock market goes up, the budget may be described as successful because it didn’t “rock the boat”.

If  it moves sideways, it may be said the market had already absorbed the good news — the growth figures for instance.

If it moves down — the fiscal deficit may be the reason.

If the finance minister withdraws the stimulus it may not be good (for some) because it may mean more taxes and hence less profit.

Capital goods index gains over 1 pct

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The BSE Capital Goods Index gained over 1 percent on Thursday in a broader market that ended flat a day before the annual budget.

Index counters like Kirloskar Bros, Thermax and Crompton Greaves gained over 3 percent each.

Realty index rises in weak market

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- Realty index rises in weak market The BSE real estate index gained nearly 1 percent on Wednesday even as the overall market ended 30 points lower. Indiabulls Real Estate led the realty index and posted gains of over 4 percent. Parsvnath ended nearly 3 percent higher. Top realty firm Unitech rose 2.3 percent, whereas DLF ended marginally in red. The realty index is down over 8 percent this month. Would you invest in this sector now or wait for the budget on Friday?

The BSE real estate index gained nearly 1 percent on Wednesday even as the overall market ended 30 points lower.

Indiabulls Real Estate led the realty index and posted gains of over 4 percent. Parsvnath ended nearly 3 percent higher.

Should we have a separate railway budget?

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INDIA-BUDGET/RAILWAYSA railway budget separate from the general budget started in 1924 because the railways then formed more than a third of the budget.

A dedicated budget for railways was called for.

However the pattern of government’s finances has changed and the railways despite the impressive statistics - 63,327-kilometre network, 18 million passengers,  two million tons of freight – is less important.

Auto stocks end weak

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The BSE auto index slipped 1.8 percent on Tuesday, with shares in Maruti Suzuki slipping 3.2 percent.

Maruti Suzuki India is recalling 100,000 A-Star hatchbacks to fix a fuel leakage problem, a spokesman for the company told Reuters on Tuesday.

Good day for IT stocks

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The BSE IT index gained over 1 percent on Monday and ended as the top sectoral gainer in a Mumbai market that rose 45 points.

Shares in Infosys gained 1.5 percent to 2,568 rupees and was the top contributor to the benchmarks rise.

Realty index dips 3 pct

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INDIA-ECONOMY/The BSE Realty Index dropped for a third straight day on Friday, shedding 3.3 percent in a broader market that ended 0.83 percent down.

Indiabulls Real Estate slipped 6.2 percent and was the top sectoral loser, while DLF and Unitech lost 4.1 percent and 1.4 percent respectively.

Reliance Industries drops

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The BSE Sensex fell 0.6 percent at 16,327 led by losses in Reliance Industries, Sterlite Industries and ITC.

Shares in Reliance Industries ended 3.3 percent lower at 997 rupees with a volume of 1.1 million shares.

Realty stocks weak in firm mkt

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Realty stocks had a weak trading day on Wednesday with the sectoral index slipping 1 percent, even as the Sensex gained over 200 points tracking positive global cues.

Indiabulls Real Estate slipped 3.3 percent and was the top sectoral loser, while DLF and Unitech lost 1.3 percent and 0.7 percent respectively.

Metal index tops sectoral gainers

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Metal stocks had a good run on Tuesday which helped push the BSE Metal Index up 1.6 percent in a broader Mumbai market that rose 1.1 percent.

NALCO led the index components with a 4.2 percent rise, followed by Hindalco which gained 3.2 percent.

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