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Tata Steel rises on sale agreement

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TATASTEEL-RESULTS/Tata Steel ended 3.5 percent higher at 527 rupees after the company said on the weekend its unit Corus has reached an agreement with Thailands SSI on the potential $500 million sale of its mothballed Teesside plant.

Shares in Tata Steel were among the biggest gainer among the Sensex stocks and ended with volumes of 1.9 million shares on BSE.

For the year the stock has declined over 15 percent but for the month of August it had gained a little over 13 percent.

Do you think the price tag for the acquisition is right for Tata Steel and will help the counter in diversification process?

Are you happy with the direct tax code?

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The much-awaited direct tax code bill, aimed at simplifying the country’s archaic direct tax laws, was passed by the cabinet on Thursday, with new income tax slabs being proposed for individuals.

Though these slabs will put some extra money in taxpayers’ pockets as compared to existing slabs, the original slabs proposed in the first draft of the direct tax code have been diluted.

FMCG index up 1.1 pct

Commuters walk past the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai May 21, 2010. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/FilesShares in FMCG index posted decent gains on Thursday, with stocks like Nestle India gaining 3.7 percent and ending as top gainer in the index.

Ruchi Soy gained 3.15 percent, while Godrej Consumer Products gained 1.8 percent.

Realty stocks tumble

People look at a large screen displaying India's benchmark share index on the facade of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai September 15, 2008. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe/FilesIt was a tough day for real estate counters as the sectoral index dropped more than 3 percent and ended as the top loser among BSE indices.

All but one stock in the index closed in red, with Orbit Corp shares ending down 5 percent as the top loser. Indiabulls Real Estate slipped 3.8 percent.

Weak day for banking counters

Commuters walk past the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai May 21, 2010. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/FilesThe BSE Banking index ended down 0.5 percent on Tuesday, with stocks such as Union Bank, Canara Bank and Oriental Bank of Commerce slipping more than 3 percent.

Bigger players like ICICI slipped 0.9 percent but SBI bucked the trend and gained 0.8 percent in the session.

Oil marketing firms rally

Shares in oil marketing firms like BPCL, HPCL and IOC surged on Monday, helping the BSE Oil & Gas index close marginally in positive.

Shares of such firms rose amid reports that companies have received subsidy from the government to ease selling losses and on expectations that the government may deregulate diesel prices soon.

Realty stocks gain in weak market

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Realty counters posted decent gains in Friday trade, pushing the realty index up 1.8 percent in a weak Mumbai market that closed 53 points lower.

Sobha Developers topped the index with gains of 4 percent, followed by DLF, India’s top listed realty firm, which closed 3.55 percent up. Unitech shares ended 1.5 percent higher.

HDFC Bank shares at all-time high

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HDFC Bank, India’s second-largest private bank, rose as much as 2.4
percent to an all-time high of 2,240 rupees during trade on Thursday,
before closing 1.95 percent higher.

It was a good day for financial stocks overall, which rose on the back of rising FII inflows who have been lured by 8.5 percent economic growth forecast this year.

BSE IT index gains nearly 2 pct

IT stocks posted decent gains on Wednesday, pushing the sectoral index up nearly 2 percent as robust profits from U.S. retailing giants boosted confidence in the corporate outlook in the world’s largest economy.

Mphasis topped the BSE IT Index with a 3.8 percent gain, followed by HCL Tech which rose 3.1 percent. Bigger players like TCS and Infosys posted gains of 2.1 percent and 1.92 percent respectively.

Banking stocks shine in weak market

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The BSE Banking Index outperformed other indices on Tuesday, gaining nearly 1 pct in a flat Mumbai market, with stocks like Bank of Baroda and IDBI posting good gains.

Optimism over loan demand in a growing economy is helping banking stocks, but rising interest rates is a concern as this could push up costs for manufacturers and tighten their margins.

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