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A maturing market amid the mayhem
It was a good day for banking counters, as the banking index ended with gains of 1.5 percent in a Mumbai market that ended 200 points higher.
HDFC Bank was the top gainer in the index, ending up 4.15 percent, followed by IndusInd Bank which gained 2.4 percent. Federal Bank was the only stock in the index which ended in red.
The banking index is down 5.5 percent in 2011, while HDFC Bank is down 7 percent, and ICICI is down 7.5 percent during the same period.
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India’s benchmark stock index did reasonably well in the first half of 2010 as compared to its emerging market peers. The Sensex gained 1.4 percent during the period, and outperformed China’s Shanghai Composite Index and Brazil’s Bovespa which declined 9.6 percent and 26.8 percent respectively.
Shares in Reliance Industries, India’s top listed firm which has the heaviest weight in the index, barely changed during the period, but a Supreme Court ruling on a gas dispute and Ambani brothers reconciliation kept the company in focus.
Top IT stocks Infosys, Wipro and TCS touched their 1-year highs as the BSE IT index closed 0.7 percent higher.
The BSE Sensex erased early losses to end flat, tracking global markets as concerns about the prospects for an economic recovery pushed key indices into negative territory.
The market remained volatile ahead of the expiry of the current months derivative contract on Thursday. The rise in the benchmark was led by Reliance Industries, HDFC, BHEL and ONGC.
The 30-share sensitive index swung from an intra-day high of 14,394 to an intra-day low of 14,016 and closed 2.1 points lower at 14,324. The fifty-share Nifty ended 0.28 percent up at 4,247.
The BSE Sensex closed 1.4 percent lower on Wednesday as investors booked profits ahead of the fourth phase of India’s general elections on Thursday.