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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.
Financial shares extended their rally after investors cheered the U.S. Treasury’s plan to free banks of up to $1 trillion in troubled mortgage securities and other loans.
The Banking Index was up 2.1 percent on overall improvement in investor sentiments, while the Metal Index dropped nearly 3 percent.
The Sensex ended 457.34 points up on Monday after a fresh plan to clean up the U.S. financial sector set off a strong rally across Asia.
Gains were led by Reliance Industries which rose 7.5 percent, NTPC (up 3.4 percent), ICICI Bank (up 7.3 percent) and Housing Development Finance Corp (up 8.4 percent) led the gains.
The U.S. government, in its latest move to rescue the economy from the clutches of a deep recession, has introduced a $1-trillion plan to rid banks’ balance sheets of bad loans and securities.
The Sensex closed 4.9 percent higher on Friday to post its biggest rise in three months, as investor confidence was bolstered by a jump in other Asian markets following positive news from the United States.
The benchmark closed 412.86 points up at 8756.61, supported by index heavyweights Reliance Industries (up 6.6percent), ICICI Bank (up 8.6 percent) and Infosys (up 5.6 percent).
The BSE Sensex today shrugged off shaky early trade and ended 0.6 percent higher on speculation the government would announce an economic stimulus plan in its interim budget.
On the global front, World stocks fell after five days of gains as investors fretted over U.S. plans to boost the economy and save its banks.