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Market rises on short covering

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INDIA-BUDGETThe good times continue for the market. The benchmark extended its rally on Thursday and ended 186 points up as investors covered short positions on the last date of derivatives expiry.

Engineering firm L&T beat forecast with strong quarterly numbers. Its shares closed 2.3 percent up.

Ranbaxy Labs, which gained 4.2 percent, and Sterlite Industries, which rose 3.6 percent, topped the list of Sensex gainers. Bharti shares rose nearly 3.5 percent after a three- session fall.

The metals sector led the sectoral space as its index gained 2.7 percent. SAIL and JSW Steel gained over 6 percent each. Bankex registered a rise of 1.8 percent.

Sensex gains over 500 points

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INDIAThe Sensex jumped over 500 points today to close above the 14,100 mark, recovering all of Tuesday’s losses, on investor optimism about a recovery in the global economy.

The rally was led by heavyweight counters like ICICI, ONGC and Reliance Industries.

Sensex gains over 400 points, ICICI jumps

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INDIA-STOCKS/The stock market bounced back smartly today, gaining over 400 points to recover all of yesterday’s losses.

Short covering ahead of the derivatives expiry today helped the benchmark’s rise as it closed at 11,403.

Sensex ends marginally higher, ICICI jumps

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MARKETS-SOUTHASIA-STOCKS/The stock market seesawed throughout trade today and ended marginally higher at 11,372, as investors covered short positions ahead of the monthly derivatives expiry.

The benchmark had risen over 1 pct during trade, but was unable to sustain it and closed just 42 points higher.

Sensex ends 4.8 pct lower; below 10,000

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INDIA-BUDGETThe Sensex started the week on a negative note, closing 4.8 percent lower after a 12 percent rally last week.

The benchmark index ended at 9,568, having struggled throughout trade as investors booked profits. It had dropped over 5 percent just before close.

Sensex ends flat after seesaw trade

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INDIA-BUDGETThe benchmark index seesawed all through the day and closed 20 points lower at 9015, pulled down by banks that slipped on concerns about their profit margins. The Sensex had dropped below the 9,000 mark in early trade.

Index heavyweight Reliance Industries gained 2.1 percent while Bharti Airtel was up 1.3 percent.

Budget disappoints, Sensex slips 3.4 pct

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INDIA/The stock markets were disappointed as the government unveiled a lacklustre interim budget for 2009/10.

The budget failed to deliver on investor expectations of a stimulus plan for sectors such as autos and construction, while announcing that spending was likely to increase later in the year. For complete coverage of Interim Budget 2009/10, click here.

Sensex climbs ahead of interim budget

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Hope and optimism ahead of Monday’s interim budget saw the Sensex end the last trading day of the week 1.8 percent higher.

The coalition government, which faces general elections by May, is likely to focus on measures to shore up the flagging economy and stem job losses in the interim budget.

Sensex snaps two-day rise

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The benchmark index shrugged off lower-than-expected inflation figures and fell 1.21 percent on Thursday, as a slump in domestic demand and fresh concerns over the U.S. economy took a toll on investor sentiment.

The Sensex closed 110.97 points down at 9,090.88, snapping a two-day rise. Losses were led by Reliance Industries, which fell 1.6 percent to 1286.75, and HDFC which dropped 3.6 percent.

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