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Shares in ABB surged 23.4 percent to 831 rupees on Monday after promoter ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd sought to buy up to 22.9 percent in the firm at 900 rupees a share.

The offer was at about 34 percent premium to Friday’s closing price. Shares in ABB ended trade with volumes of 1.17 million shares.

The deal, worth up to $965 million, would help strengthen ABB Asea Brown Boveri’s position in the fast-growing Indian market.

ABB shares have gained 5 percent this month. Seeing this upsurge, would you invest in the counter for quick profits, or do you think it has already peaked?

Aban Offshore drops on as rig sinks in Caribbean

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Shares in ABan Offshore lost almost a fifth of their value on Friday after its gas exploration rig sank in the Carribean. The counter ended 18.2 percent lower at 831 rupees, with volumes of over 3.9 million shares.

An analyst said the rig might hurt revenues of the company. “This was one of the best assets for the company with a day rate of $385,000, which is the second highest revenue for the company in day rate terms,” Mehul Thanawala, Vice President (Research) at JM Financial, told Reuters.

Godrej Consumer jumps 13.8 pct

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Shares of personal products maker Godrej Consumer Products vaulted nearly 14 percent on Thursday to the top of the BSE Mid-cap index with volumes of 0.65 million shares.

On Wednesday, U.S.-based Sara Lee Corp had announced it would sell its 51 percent stake in Godrej Sara Lee Ltd joint venture to Godrej Consumer Products for $233.7 million. Godrej on Thursday said its revenues would rise 86 percent in FY11 following the buyout.

Healthcare index jumps 1.6 pct

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It was a good day of trade for investors in healthcare counters. The index for healthcare stocks gained 1.6 percent and ended as top sectoral gainer.

Opto Cicuits gained 3.2 percent and topped the index, followed by Cadila which rose 2.5 percent.

Metals slide in weak market

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Metal stocks felt the heat on Tuesday after surging in the previous session, pulling the BSE Metals Index down 2.57 percent as copper prices dropped in London on euro zone worries.

The longer-term demand outlook in Europe and China also weighed on metal stocks and the sectoral index closed as the worst performer.

Cipla bucks the trend, falls 6.4 percent

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Cipla bucks the trend, falls 6.4 percent Shares in Cipla fell more than 6 percent on Monday to close at 319 rupees, even as the BSE Sensex surged 561 points. Shares of the drugmaker tumbled as its March quarter net profit, announced on Friday, were below estimates. Overall the healthcare space too remained weak, with the sectoral index ending marginally down. Healthcare index was the only one that ended in red in an otherwise strong market. The index has gained 4.7 percent since mid-March, far higher than the near 1 percent gain in the Sensex. Some other firms like Pfizer and Apollo Hospital too ended in red. Would you consider investing in Cipla at this stage?

Shares in Cipla fell more than 6 percent on Monday to close at 319 rupees, even as the BSE Sensex surged 561 points.

Shares of the drugmaker tumbled as its March quarter net profit, announced on Friday, were below estimates.

Realty Index slips, Unitech down 4.9 pct

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The BSE Realty Index ended 4.3 percent lower while the broader Index ended 1.2 percent down on Friday leading to the worst weekly fall in six months.

Stocks which declined include Sobha Developers which ended 6.2 percent down, DLF 4.4 percent, HDIL 5.1 percent and Unitech which slipped 4.9 percent.

Healthcare stocks firm in a weak market

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Shares of healthcare companies traded firm on Thursday, helping push the sectoral index up 1.4 percent to the top of the gainers’ list.

Ranbaxy Labs gained 3.3 percent and ended as the top gainer in the healthcare index. Cipla and Sun Pharma were also among the shares that clocked decent rises.

Bharti Airtel shines in weak market

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Shares in Bharti Airtel, India’s top mobile operator, gained 2.6 percent on Wednesday and ended the top gainer among Sensex components, even as the benchmark closed weak near its 2-month low.

Its shares had declined 2.9 percent over the two earlier sessions.

Rival firm Reliance Communications’ shares however ended weak after losing 1.05 percent. Idea Cellular closed marginally in red.

Reliance Natural falls 7.5 percent

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Shares in Reliance Natural slipped 7.55 percent on Tuesday and ended as the top loser in the BSE Oil & Gas index. The benchmark index dropped nearly 250 points.

The Supreme Court is expected to rule by next week on a long and high-profile gas pricing dispute between the Ambani brothers.

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