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The BSE IT index rose more than 2 percent on Monday with stocks such as HCL Tech and Financial Tech gaining more than 3 percent.
Infosys, one of India’s leading IT firms, posted gains of 2 percent on improved demand for outsourcing in its key US market after strong economic data.
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The BSE Banking index fell 0.8 percent on Friday, as the BSE Sensex ended its positive run of eight sessions to end marginally lower.
PNB was the top loser in the index, closing down 3.3 percent. Bank of Baroda ended down 1.7 percent. ICICI Bank, India’s No. 1 private lender, ended down nearly 1 percent.
Shares of real estate companies closed higher on Thursday as investors started accumulating some sector-specific beaten down stocks.
Property developer Unitech posted its best single-day gain in nearly 16 months, rallying 9.6 percent after JPMorgan upgraded the beaten down stock to “overweight” from “neutral”, citing cheap valuations, reasonable gearing, comfortable liquidity and high embedded land value.
Auto stocks struggled in trade on Friday, as stocks like Exide Industries, M&M and Maruti Suzuki fell, pushing the sectoral index down 2 percent.
Exide Industries ended down 4.6 percent as the top loser in the auto index, followed by M&M which dropped 3.3 percent.
Shares in Reliance Communication rose over 9 percent in trade today after a news channel reported that ATC has emerged as the highest bidder for the firm’s tower arm.
RComm ended 9.3 percent higher at 99.30 rupees and was the top traded stock on BSE. The firm was also the top Sensex gainer.
Shares of Mahindra group firm Tech Mahindra jumped 9.26 percent to 739 rupees, while outsourcer Mahindra Satyam rose 3.7 percent to 64.90 rupees after an agreement between Mahindra group and Cisco Systems was announced.
Mahindra group is partnering with U.S. telecom equipment maker Cisco Systems to provide a range of services including cloud computing.