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The BSE Auto Index gained 1.5 percent on Friday with Hero Honda and Tata Motors posting gains of over 3 percent.
Ashok Leyland was the star performer among index counters with gains of over 8 percent. The company said March quarter net profit more than quadrupled on higher sales, but warned of supply constraints and margin pressure in the future.
Over the month, Tata Motors shares have surged over 15 percent.
Apollo Tyres closed down 2.7 percent and was among the four sectoral stocks, which included Maruti Suzuki, which ended in the red.
The auto index has not moved much in April, gaining just 1.7 percent, but has done better than the BSE Sensex which has been almost flat for the period.
It was a good day for banking counters with the Bankex gaining 1.6 percent and ending as the second best sectoral performer.
Financial counters rose on hopes that the economy, expected to expand 8.5 percent in the fiscal year beginning April 1, will boost demand for loans.
The BSE realty index ended 3.5 percent lower while the broader index dropped 1.7 percent to 17,380 points.
Some of the other losers were Indiabulls Real Estate, which dropped 6.3 percent, Unitech which ended 3.9 percent lower, and HDIL which slipped 3.7 percent.
Shares of ABG Shipyard and Bharti Shipyard gained on Tuesday after a news channel reported yesterday that ABG would sell its 3 percent stake in Great Offshore.
The report said ABG was close to selling a 3 per cent stake in Great Offshore to Bharati in a price range of Rs 440-450 per share, which would fetch ABG Rs 45-50 crore.
HDFC Bank, India’s No 2 private sector lender surged on Monday after it
reported on Saturday that quarterly profit had risen by a third.
HDFC Bank rose as much as 2.8 percent, racing to an all-time high of
1,997.85 rupees, before closing 2.3 percent higher at 1990 rupees.
Shares in Reliance Industries ended 2 percent higher on Thursday at 1075 rupees on reports that it would buy along with Atlas more Marcellus acreage.
Independent oil and gas company Atlas Energy Inc said it would buy 42,344 acres in the gas-rich Marcellus shale along with Reliance, weeks after the two announced a joint venture.
Shares in Unitech, India’s second-largest listed real estate firm rose on Wednesday after it announced the demerger of its infrastructure operations, including the telecom business, into a new entity to unlock the value of none-core businesses.
The stock ended 2.4 percent higher at 85.55 rupees and was among the top traded stocks of the day with volumes of over 15 million shares.
The BSE Banking Index closed 0.34 percent lower on Monday in a broader market that closed 1.08 percent down at 17,400 points.
Top lenders State Bank of India and ICICI Bank fell 0.7 percent and 0.2 percent respectively, a day ahead of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) policy review.
Shares in Goenka Diamond listed on Friday at a discount of nearly four percent on the BSE and over 8 percent on the NSE from its issue price of 130 rupees.
The stock ended 5.3 percent lower after plunging nearly 32 percent from its issue price to 92.35 rupees in intra-day trade, with volumes of over 30 million shares.