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Sensex H1 performance


India’s benchmark stock index did reasonably well in the first half of 2010 as compared to its emerging market peers. The Sensex gained 1.4 percent during the period, and outperformed China’s Shanghai Composite Index and Brazil’s Bovespa which declined 9.6 percent and 26.8 percent respectively.

Shares in Reliance Industries, India’s top listed firm which has the heaviest weight in the index, barely changed during the period, but a Supreme Court ruling on a gas dispute and Ambani brothers reconciliation kept the company in focus.

Banking stocks performed well during the period, with the sectoral Bankex posting gains of more than 7 percent. Shares in SBI, India’s largest lender rose marginally, but private lender HDFC Bank jumped 12.6 percent during the period.

Among other sectors, oil & gas index rose 3.85 percent whereas the realty index was battered and posted losses of 17 percent.

Parabolic Drugs debuts marginally higher


MARKETS-SOUTHASIA-STOCKS/Parabolic Drugs Ltd debuted on the BSE marginally above its issue price of 75 rupees on Thursday but later fell more than 14 percent in intra-day trade.

Shares in the counter ended 13.6 percent lower at 64.80 rupees with volumes of 7.8 million shares.