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Shares in companies controlled by the billionaire Ambani brothers were among the big gainers on Monday after the two moved towards resolving a long-running strife.
The BSE Sensex ended 0.15 pct higher led by Reliance Industries which gained 2.5 percent at 1021 rupees.
Shares in Anil Ambani controlled firms like Reliance Communications and Reliance Infrastructure closed up 10.8 percent and 6 percent respectively.
The Ambanis took a step towards reconciliation in their long-running feud on Sunday, ending non-compete agreements in a move they hoped would lead to cooperation between the two groups.
Shares in Piramal Healthcare ended 11.8 percent lower at 502 rupees on Friday, after an announcement that pharmaceutical major Abbott will acquire Piramal Healthcare’s pharmaceutical solutions business for $3.72 billion.
Piramal Healthcare on Wednesday had denied reports that the founders were selling a stake in the drug maker, pushing its shares down more than 8 percent.
The BSE Oil & Gas Index ended 1.79 percent up in a broader market that closed 0.68 percent higher at 16519.
Lead gainers in the index were energy explorer ONGC, which ended 8.7 percent higher at 1118 rupees, and BPCL which rose 2.8 percent, after the government more than doubled natural gas prices on Wednesday.
Shares in leading engineering and construction firm L&T continued their climb and closed 3.26 percent higher on Tuesday, after a good set of quarterly numbers declared on Monday.
The firm had said it was upbeat on outlook, which helped the stock reach its best closing level in four months.
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.
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.
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.
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.