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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 Unitech, one of India’s leading real estate firms, rose 9.3 percent to close at 38.2 rupees, after a sell-off amid allegations that the firm was among those who were favoured in 2G licence grants in 2008.
On Tuesday, the CBI questioned Unitech’s MD as part of a probe into the alleged telecoms corruption scandal.
Software services exporter Mahindra Satyam jumped 11.7 percent to 64.65 rupees after the firm reported its third quarter net profit, which more than doubled from a quarter ago.
The company also said that it put a planned merger with its parent firm, Tech Mahindra, on hold.
Shares in Unitech, one of India’s leading real estate firm, fell 10.6 percent on Tuesday to close at 43.05 rupees. The stock ended as the top loser in the BSE Realty Index.
Rival DLF shares ended 1.4 pct lower. DLF said it was cautious on the near-term outlook as rising interest rates could weigh on demand after the firm reported a marginal drop in quarterly earnings.
Shares in TCS gained nearly 5.5 percent on Tuesday after the firm had reported a good set of quarterly numbers on Monday evening after market hours.
TCS led the gains in the benchmark Sensex and rose to a record high after it beat street estimates and said it expected strong demand for outsourcing.
Shares in engineering conglomerate L&T ended down 1.65 percent on Monday after the company posted a 10.5-percent rise in standalone profit for the quarter ended in December, but a fall in its operating margin hit investor sentiment.
The company said its operating margin in the third quarter was at 10.8 percent compared with 12.4 percent a year ago.
Shares in Indian Oil Corporation ended 10.96 percent higher on Wednesday. Its chairman said the firm aims to raise $4.4 billion in January through a FPO and that the pricing for offer was likely to be at 450 rupees apiece.
Shares were up as much as 14 percent during trade.
The Indian government is selling a 10 percent stake, while the company will offer an equal number of new shares to raise 20 billion rupees, making the sale the biggest-ever share offering in the Indian market.