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A maturing market amid the mayhem
The stock market was choppy today as slipping Asian stocks and weak U.S. manufacturing data sparked profit-taking.
Asian stocks fell for a second day after weak U.S. factory data and news of record job losses in Europe raised concerns about the world economy.
The 30-share sensitive index swung from an intra-day high of 15,022 to an intra-day low of 14,621, and finally closed 82 points higher at 14,957. The fifty-share Nifty ended 0.75 percent up at 4517.
Higher advance tax payments (which indicate improved earnings) from top companies such as Reliance Industries and SBI also aided the Sensex’s intra-day recovery.
The BSE Sensex seesawed today, erasing early losses of as much as 1.8 percent, and finally closed above the 15,000 mark on hopes of a revival in the economy. Higher European markets also helped lift investor sentiments.
The 30-share sensitive index of the Bombay Stock Exchange swung from an intra-day low of 14,601 to an intra-day high of 15,026, and finally closed 137 points up at 15,008. The fifty-share Nifty ended 0.93 percent up at 4572.
The Sensex topped 15,000 points during trade on Wednesday for the first time in nine months, but lost steam and closed at 14,870 as investors booked profits.
The 30-share sensitive index swung from an intra-day high of 15,045 to an intra-day low of 14,734, and finally closed 4 points down. The fifty-share Nifty ended 0.12 percent higher at 4530.
The BSE Sensex ended on a strong note on Monday, extending gains to more than 3 percent on hopes of fresh economic stimulus measures and another round of rate cuts by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
Gains were led by heavyweights like Reliance Industries, which was up 3.3 percent; ICICI Bank, which rose 5.1 percent, and State Bank of India which added 2.6 percent.