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To 15,000 and back

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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.

Profit-booking was seen mainly in Reliance Industries, Infosys and SBI.  INDIA-STOCKS/6PCT

On the sectoral front, the BSE Banking Index shed 1.2 percent, followed by the IT Index which ended 1percent lower, mainly due to rise in the rupee. The BSE Consumer Durable Index, however, ended higher at 4.04 percent.

FIIs bought net $44.4 million in shares and $374.7 million in debt. Aggressive buying of Indian stocks by FIIs has kept investor sentiments upbeat. Their total inflow in calendar year 2009 totalled $4554.6 million.

Sensex jumps 475 points led by Reliance

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INDIA-BUDGETAfter a relatively quiet start in the morning, the benchmark stock index rallied and closed 475 points higher even as factory output data disappointed.

There was speculation that the BJP-led alliance, perceived as market friendly, was gaining momentum in the elections.

Sensex gains 2.9 pct, led by Reliance

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The BSE Sensex closed 2.9 percent higher on Thursday as investors put aside worries about the world economy and returned to the market.

The benchmark closed 317.45 points higher at 11,134.99, while the Nifty ended 2.8 percent higher at 3423.70.MARKETS-SOUTHASIA-STOCKS/

Sensex registers sixth weekly rise

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After rising over 3 percent by mid-day, the Sensex pared gains and closed just 0.69 percent higher at 11,023 as investors booked profit ahead of the weekend.

Infosys Technologies, L&T and ICICI shares led the gains in the benchmark.

INDIA-STOCKS/20KUnitech emerged as the star performer, surging over 20 percent. Unitech is looking to sell more stocks and assets, such as hotels and offices, to cut its high debt.

Profit-taking halts 8-day Sensex rally

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INDIAThe Sensex broke a long positive run today and closed below 11,000 as investors booked profits in a market that had gained over 18 percent in the eight-session rally. The benchmark close at 10947, registering a drop of almost 3 percent

The fall was led by heavyweights like Reliance Industries, which slipped 4.8 percent, L&T, which was down 5.3 percent, and ONGC, which fell 4.8 percent.

Sensex gains nearly 3 pct, Infosys slips

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BC INDIA EXCHANGEAfter a weak start in the morning, the BSE Sensex erased its losses and closed nearly 3 percent higher at 11,285.

This was the benchmark’s eighth successive rise — its longest winning streak in 18 months.

Sensex up 1.5 pct, Tech Mahindra jumps after winning Satyam bid

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SATYAM/A rally in global markets today saw the BSE Sensex swing from being briefly negative in early deals to over 11,000 in the last hour of trade, before closing 1.5 percent up at 10,967.

The big news of the day was Tech Mahindra winning the bid for fraud-hit Satyam Computer.

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.

Sensex ends 4.8 pct lower; below 10,000

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INDIA-BUDGETThe Sensex started the week on a negative note, closing 4.8 percent lower after a 12 percent rally last week.

The benchmark index ended at 9,568, having struggled throughout trade as investors booked profits. It had dropped over 5 percent just before close.

Sensex gains in choppy trade

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The Sensex ended nearly 200 points up on Wednesday as investors covered positions ahead of the monthly derivatives expiry.

The session was volatile throughout the day, with the benchmark gaining momentum towards the close of the trade.

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