Money on the markets

A maturing market amid the mayhem

Mutual fund investors rewarded for patience

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A man speaks on a phone as he looks at a large screen displaying India's benchmark share index on the facade of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai May 18, 2009. REUTERS/Punit ParanjpeEquity fund investors had a lot to cheer about in the last seven months.

Stock market enthusiasts had almost given up hope after losing an average 52 percent in 2008, when the benchmark Sensex recorded its first annual fall after six years of gains. But a rally since the start of March has bought the smiles back.

By September 30, as many as 10 equity funds more than doubled their net asset values as fund managers bought into the global panic, data from global fund tracker Lipper, a Thomson Reuters company, showed. During the same period 145 Indian equity funds outperformed the 30-share Sensex, which returned 73 percent.

Domestic tax saving funds, which manage nearly 200 billion rupees ($4.3 billion dollars), also rose with the tide. The nation’s largest such fund, SBI Magnum Tax Gain, surged 83 percent.

Tax funds provide investors with an avenue to save up to 33,000 rupees in Income Tax, although the invested amount remains locked in for a period of three years.

M&M stock rises in weak market

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AUTO INDIA MAHINDRAShares in Mahindra & Mahindra rose nearly 4 percent to 928 rupees and ended as the top Sensex gainer, even as the benchmark index dropped over 200 points.

The company reported its quarterly numbers on Wednesday and said net profit nearly trebled, helped by cost cuts and strong sales.

RBI Policy Review

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Reuters India brings to you breaking news on the Reserve Bank of India’s quarterly policy review.

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.

Infosys shines in weak market

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Engineers work in the control room at Infosys Technologies campus at Electronics City in Bangalore January 20, 2003. REUTERS/Pawel KopczynskiShares in Infosys gained over 2.1 percent on Thursday in a broader market that slipped over 200 points.

Gains in Infosys helped the BSE IT index close 0.8 percent higher. Eleven of 16 stocks in the IT index however closed in the red.

Weak day for oil & gas stocks

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RELIANCE-OIL/The BSE Oil & Gas index dropped 1.7 percent on Tuesday, ending as the top sectoral loser of the day as shares of Reliance Industries and ONGC slipped.

Essar Oil was the top loser in the index, closing down 4 percent. ONGC too came under pressure and slipped 2.4 percent.

IT space struggles but Satyam soars

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INDIA-SATYAM/NATHShares in Mahindra Satyam closed nearly 8 percent higher on Thursday, bucking the trend as the overall IT space remained weak.

The BSE IT index closed 1.4 percent lower, with stocks such as Infosys and TCS ending down over 1.5 percent. Outsourcers like Infosys which get most of their revenue in dollars, felt the heat as the rupee climbed to a near 13-month high.

Tata Motors’ shares drop 6.6 pct

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Land Rover Freelanders are seen outside the Halewood Jaguar and Land Rover factory in Liverpool, northern England, in this October 27, 2008 file photoTata Motors, India’s largest commercial vehicle maker, ended the week on a disappointing note with its shares registering a drop of 6.6 percent.

The stocks declined 7.4 percent on the NSE.

Tata Motors was the top Sensex loser and also pulled the BSE Auto Index down 1.72 percent, making it the worst sectoral performer of the day.

Telecom stocks plunge

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MTN-BHARTI/Telecom stocks were in focus on Tuesday with several of them posting sharp falls, even as the Sensex recovered over 300 points to close nearly 100 points higher.

Market participants are worried that lower tariffs and increasing competition could hurt profitability of such firms. On Monday, Reliance Communications cut call charges across all networks to 50 paise/min.

Bad day at the bourses for Bharti Airtel

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A traffic policeman directs traffic under an advertisement of Bharti Airtel at a booth in Siliguri October 2, 2009. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri Shares of Bharti Airtel, India’s top mobile operator, slipped 8 percent on Monday and ended as the top Sensex loser.

Bharti shares closed down rupees 34.85 at 400.25 with volumes of over 6 million on the BSE, making it one of the most traded counters.

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