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A maturing market amid the mayhem

Airline stocks face the heat

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Airline stocks failed to bring cheer to the market on Monday after the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) called off plans for a one-day strike later this month.SPICEJET/INVESTMENT

Private airline operators had on Friday announced they would suspend operations on August 18 to protest the lack of government relief for the ailing industry.

India’s airlines suffered a cumulative $2 billion of losses in 2008/09 on high operating costs and a fall in demand amid a global slowdown.

Shares in Kingfisher dropped 2.3 percent, Spicejet ended down 1.3 percent while Jet Airways fell 2.37 percent.

Market slides as budget disappoints

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The Sensex plunged 5.8 percent on Monday as the higher-than-expected fiscal deficit announced by the government in the Union budget disappointed investors.

The 30-share sensitive index swung from an intra-day high of 15,097 to an intra-day low of 13,959 and closed 870 points lower at 14,043. The fifty-share Nifty ended 5.84 percent down at 4,165.

Sensex closes above 15000

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The BSE Sensex seesawed today, erasing early losses of as much as 1.8 percent, and finally closed above the 15,000 mark on hopes of a revival in the economy. Higher European markets also helped lift investor sentiments.

The 30-share sensitive index of the Bombay Stock Exchange swung from an intra-day low of 14,601 to an intra-day high of 15,026, and finally closed 137 points up at 15,008. The fifty-share Nifty ended 0.93 percent up at 4572.INDIA-STOCKS/JUMP

Sensex climbs 5.1 pct, expiry watched

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The Sensex ended 457.34 points up on Monday after a fresh plan to clean up the U.S. financial sector set off a strong rally across Asia.

Gains were led by Reliance Industries which rose 7.5 percent, NTPC (up 3.4 percent), ICICI Bank (up 7.3 percent) and Housing Development Finance Corp (up 8.4 percent) led the gains.
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The U.S. government, in its latest move to rescue the economy from the clutches of a deep recession, has introduced a $1-trillion plan to rid banks’ balance sheets of bad loans and securities.

Sensex gains amid mixed econ data

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The Sensex closed 2.25 percent higher on Thursday, as gains on Wall Street and positive inflation data boosted investor sentiments.

INDIAThe benchmark closed 183.35 points up at 8343.75, supported by index heavyweights Reliance Industries (up 4.1 percent), ICICI Bank (up 8.1 percent) and Infosys (up 2.5 percent).

Sensex ends flat, GDP data disappoints

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The benchmark index shed 0.7 pct on Friday as disappointing growth data for the third quarter dampened investor sentiments.

Data released today showed the economy grew 5.3 percent in the December quarter from a year earlier, its slowest annual pace in almost six years, as the global economic crisis cut demand and exports. MARKETS-SOUTHASIA-STOCKS

Interim Budget: What do you want?

The Congress-led government presents the Interim Budget for 2009/10 on February 16.

Will there be tax cuts? Will you have more money in your pocket? Can the government stem the loss of jobs?

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