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FMCG index up, ITC surges

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The BSE FMCG Index closed 3.5 percent higher on Monday and topped the list of sectoral gainers with stocks such as ITC and Colgate posting smart gains.

ITC touched an intra-day high of 5.9 percent, its highest level in at least 20 years, helped by robust domestic consumption. The share closed 4.9 percent up.

Other gainers included Colgate, which closed 4.5 percent higher, and HUL which gained 3.8 percent. Godrej Consumer Products however bucked the trend and slipped more than 5 percent.

Since July, this sectoral index has gained 14.16 percent versus a 12.4 percent gains in the BSE Sensex.  Would you invest in this sector now?

FMCG index up 1.1 pct

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Commuters walk past the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai May 21, 2010. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/FilesShares in FMCG index posted decent gains on Thursday, with stocks like Nestle India gaining 3.7 percent and ending as top gainer in the index.

Ruchi Soy gained 3.15 percent, while Godrej Consumer Products gained 1.8 percent.

HUL shares gain 2.6 percent

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Shares in Hindustan Unilever (HUL) gained 2.6 percent on Monday to close at 225.3 rupees and was among the top Sensex gainers even as markets ended flat.

The volumes stood at a little over 1 million shares on BSE.

Hurt by the pricing war in the detergent space, HUL shares had been struggling and lost more than 8 percent over the past two sessions.

HUL shares fall over 4 pct

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Consumer goods maker Hindustan Unilever fell over 4 percent on Thursday to close at 229 rupees and was the top loser among Sensex components.

The firm, which is a unit of Anglo-Dutch firm Unilever, also ended as the top loser on the BSE FMCG Index, which dropped 0.8 percent and was one of the top sectoral losers.

FMCG stocks outperform market

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INDIA-BUDGETThe BSE FMCG index gained over 3 percent on Friday and ended as the top sectoral performer, even as the markets closed just 21 points up.

All stocks in the index, except Marico, closed in the green, led by Dabur India which rose 5.8 percent and ITC which gained nearly 5 percent.

Sensex gains 1.5 pct; Maruti net drops

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The Sensex ended the week on a positive note, closing 1.7 percent higher, as increased investor confidence helped boost sentiment.

The benchmark closed 194.06 points higher at 11,329.05 while the Nifty ended 1.6 percent higher at 3480.75.

Sensex choppy on mixed bag of results

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The BSE Sensex closed 0.74 percent lower on Wednesday as weak Asian markets dampened sentiments and investors booked profits for a third session.

The benchmark erased early gains and closed 80.57 points down at 10,817.54, while the Nifty ended 1.04 percent down at 3330.3.MARKETS-SOUTHASIA-STOCKS/

Sensex gains 1.8 pct, Satyam surges

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INDIA-STOCKS/The stock market traded firm today and extended gains by 1.8 percent after an extended weekend.

The Sensex closed 186 points higher at 10,534.8, as strong Asian markets helped boost investor sentiments.

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