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Realty index ends as top sectoral loser

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Weakness in realty stocks on Tuesday sent the BSE Realty Index down 1.75 percent and to the top of the list of sectoral losers.

Top listed realty firms Unitech and DLF posted losses of 2.9 percent and 1.8 percent respectively. Sobha Developers, which dropped 3.8 percent, was the top loser in the index.

Mahindra Lifespace was the only stock in the index that closed in the green.

The realty index has gained around 4 percent in 2010, while firms like DLF and Unitech have gained 5.2 percent and 3.7 percent respectively in the same period.

Do you think it is a good time to invest in this sector?

Realty stocks surge in weak market

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Realty stocks closed the week on a positive note even as the market ended in the red. The BSE Realty Index gained over 3 percent in trade and was the top sectoral performer.

All shares in the index, except Phoenix Mills, ended positive with Peninsula Land gaining nearly 10 percent.

Firm rupee hurts IT stocks

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Shares of technology firms struggled on Thursday with the sectoral index falling 2.2 percent, as a firmer rupee dented sentiments.

The index ended as the top loser among sectors. Shares in Mphasis ended with losses of 3.2 percent.

Satyam jumps, decent gains for other IT stocks

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Shares in Mahindra Satyam gained 6.1 percent on Tuesday to close at 106.05 rupees. IT stocks in general posted decent gains, boosting the BSE IT Index 0.4 percent.

Shares in Mahindra Satyam have notched good gains, rising over 8 percent this year. Its shares had hit a low of 11.5 rupees almost a year ago after the then chief, R Raju, had confessed that the company’s profits had been overstated for years.

Small-cap stocks trade firm in a lacklustre market

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INDIA-BUDGETThe BSE Small-Cap Index gained over 1 percent on Wednesday even as the overall market ended weak, with the Sensex slipping 58 points.

Topping the index was Nitin Fire, which jumped 20 percent in trade. Eight stocks in the index gained over 10 percent.

How was 2009 for you?

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2009 was the year of recovery for India Inc.

Economic data indicates that India is on the path of recovery. The stock market has bounced back smartly from its lows in March. IPOs made a comeback as investors’ risk appetite improved.

How was the year for you? Did your investments work? Which was your favourite stock pick or investment avenue?

Metal index shines in a strong market

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The BSE Metal index gained over 4 percent on Wednesday and topped the sectoral indices as the benchmark stock index ended up over 500 points.

Shares in Hindalco rose 7.7 percent and Gujarat NRE Coke added nearly 6 percent to end as top gainers in the index. Sterlite Industries gained 5 percent.

BSE vs NSE: Who wins with extended market hours?

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INDIA-BUDGETMarket participants will soon have to reschedule their morning routine as Indian bourses — the BSE and NSE — are set to extend their daily trading time by 55 minutes from January 4, 2010.

The markets will now open at 9 am and close at their normal closing time of 3:30 pm, but the question is — who would actually benefit with this move? Is it becoming more a battle between the two exchanges to win market share?

Realty stocks shine as markets soar

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Realty stocks posted smart gains on Tuesday with the realty index gaining 3.2 percent and ending as the top sectoral performer.

The Sensex ended nearly 250 points higher at 17,228.

Ansal Properties was the star performer among realty index stocks with a jump of over 12 percent, followed by Parsvnath which gained a bit over 7 percent.

Reliance Industries drops 3 percent

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Shares in India’s top listed firm, Reliance Industries, plunged 3 percent on Monday, dragging the benchmark lower by 118 points.

The shares of the energy major, which recently began trading ex-bonus, closed 33 rupees lower at 1055.65.

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