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The Sensex ended nearly 200 points up on Wednesday as investors covered positions ahead of the monthly derivatives expiry.
The session was volatile throughout the day, with the benchmark gaining momentum towards the close of the trade.
The top gainers included Jaiprakash Associates, which gained 7.5 percent, Tata Power, which was up 7.1 percent, DLF which surged 6.2 percent and Reliance Industries, which was up 5.6 pct.
The Sensex ended 21.38 points down on Tuesday, erasing early gains of as much as 2.9 percent, as investors took profits after the market had risen more than 13 percent over the past two weeks.
Selling was seen in ONGC (down 2 percent), Reliance Communication (down 3.9 percent), Infosys (down nearly 1 percent) and Jaiprakash Associates (down 6.7 percent), while ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and SBI were among the top gainers, rising 6.3 pct, 2.4 pct and 1.09 pct respectively.
The Sensex closed nearly 2 percent down on Monday as worries over the world economy hit investor sentiments.
The benchmark closed at 8160.4, dragged down by index heavyweights Reliance Industries (down 1.4 percent), ITC (down 4 percent) and Hindustan Unilever (down 3.3 percent).
The BSE Sensex closed 1.56 percent higher on Friday as investors saw an opportunity in the battered market that had plunged to its lowest in three years in the previous session.
The benchmark closed at 8352.82, supported by index heavyweights Reliance Industries (up 1.8percent), NTPC (up 2.2 percent) and Bharti Airtel (up 2.1 percent).
The benchmark index shed 0.7 pct on Friday as disappointing growth data for the third quarter dampened investor sentiments.
After gaining nearly 2 percent during trade, the benchmark index pared gains and closed just 80.5 points higher at 8902, as cuts in factory gate duty and service tax triggered short covering ahead of the expiry of monthly derivatives contracts.
The day belonged to auto and metal stocks, which appeared attractive on expectation the duty cuts on Tuesday will boost sales.
The BSE Auto Index closed 3 percent higher and the BSE Metal Index ended 1.2 percent up. Apollo Tyres, Tata Motors (trucks) and Ashok Leyland have slashed prices after yesterday’s announcement.
The benchmark index started off on a shaky note and ended Tuesday’s session with losses of 0.24 percent after briefly hitting positive territory on the finance minister’s comments to reduce factory gate duties and service tax.
The sectoral picture looked weak with all sectors closing in the negative. The BSE Metal Index lead the pack with losses of 2.3 percent and was closely followed by the Banking Index which ended down 1.3 percent.
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.
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.
The BSE Sensex saw a choppy start today but buying by domestic funds lifted it into positive territory.
The 30-share sensitive index rose 2 percent to 9,424.24, its highest close since January 7, as domestic funds focussed on blue chips with earnings potential, such as Reliance Industries.