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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Metal companies fared badly at the bourses on Monday, causing the BSE Metal Index to drop nearly 2 percent.
Iron ore firm Sesa Goa ended as the top loser in the index, dropping more than 6 percent to 401.55 rupees. Gujarat NRE Coke shares slipped 4.3 percent.
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.
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.