Money on the markets
A maturing market amid the mayhem
Shares in automobile companies rose on Wednesday on hopes of buoyant demand during the September-to-December festive season.
Top car maker Maruti Suzuki rose 3.6 percent after Bank of America-Merrill Lynch upgraded it to buy from underperform.
Other stocks like Mahindra & Mahindra and Hero Honda gained 0.2 percent and 0.1 percent respectively. Stocks like Tata Motors slipped 0.6 percent.
Would you invest in auto stocks at this stage?
The BSE Realty Index gained 2.5 percent on Monday, with Unitech and DLF posting good gains in a broader market that closed over 400 points up on strong factory data and global cues.
Unitech was the top gainer in the index, rising 3.5 percent to 84.8 rupees, followed by DLF which gained 3.4 percent.
ACC shares clocked a second day of gains on Wednesday, closing 3 percent up to top the list of Sensex gainers.
On Tuesday, cement manufacturers had closed higher on hopes of better dispatches post monsoon and product price hikes in the near term, dealers had said.
It was a tough day for real estate counters as the sectoral index dropped more than 3 percent and ended as the top loser among BSE indices.
All but one stock in the index closed in red, with Orbit Corp shares ending down 5 percent as the top loser. Indiabulls Real Estate slipped 3.8 percent.
The BSE Banking index ended down 0.5 percent on Tuesday, with stocks such as Union Bank, Canara Bank and Oriental Bank of Commerce slipping more than 3 percent.
Bigger players like ICICI slipped 0.9 percent but SBI bucked the trend and gained 0.8 percent in the session.
HDFC Bank, India’s second-largest private bank, rose as much as 2.4
percent to an all-time high of 2,240 rupees during trade on Thursday,
before closing 1.95 percent higher.
It was a good day for financial stocks overall, which rose on the back of rising FII inflows who have been lured by 8.5 percent economic growth forecast this year.
IT stocks posted decent gains on Wednesday, pushing the sectoral index up nearly 2 percent as robust profits from U.S. retailing giants boosted confidence in the corporate outlook in the world’s largest economy.
Mphasis topped the BSE IT Index with a 3.8 percent gain, followed by HCL Tech which rose 3.1 percent. Bigger players like TCS and Infosys posted gains of 2.1 percent and 1.92 percent respectively.
The BSE Banking index ended down 0.6 percent on Friday as the top sectoral loser, with all but one stock in the index ending the day in red.
Top losers included Federal Bank, which slipped 2.3 percent and IDBI, which ended down 1.4 percent. Shares in SBI, India’s top lender, ended down 1 percent.
Technology shares rose on Wednesday as Indian firms cheered robust results and guidance from U.S. peer Cognizant Technology Solutions.
Cognizant on Tuesday reported a profit that topped market estimates for the sixth straight quarter, helped by a surge in discretionary projects, and also raised its 2010 revenue outlook.
Shares in ICICI Bank rose as much as 4.2 percent in trade before closing 3.9 percent up after the lender posted a 17-percent rise in quarterly net profit on Saturday.
India’s top private lender also forecast a 15-percent credit growth in FY 2011 as loan demand from corporate and mortgage borrowers remain strong.