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Shares in Larsen & Toubro ended 1.2 percent higher at 2013.15 rupees after the firm announced a good set for Q2 numbers.
The firm topped market estimates with a 32 percent rise in profit on the back of a pickup in orders, and stood by its outlook for 20 percent revenue growth in fiscal 2011.
The stock had touched an intra-day low of 1928.8 rupees, but erased losses later in the day.
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The BSE Realty Index gained 2.7 percent on Friday and ended as the top sectoral gainer, with stocks such as DLF and Unitech posting smart gains.
DLF, India’s top listed firm, ended 5.2 percent higher at 365.65 rupees, while Unitech gained 3.14 percent. Sobha Developers topped the index with gains of 6.5 percent.
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.
The BSE Realty Index gained 2.5 percent on Monday, with Unitech and DLF posting good gains in a broader market that closed over 400 points up on strong factory data and global cues.
Unitech was the top gainer in the index, rising 3.5 percent to 84.8 rupees, followed by DLF which gained 3.4 percent.
It was a good trading session for banking counters, with the BSE banking index gaining more than 2 percent and ending as the top sectoral gainer, as fund managers bet the sector would benefit from a booming domestic economy.
Shares in Bank of India gained 5.4 percent to end as the top Bankex gainer, followed by IDBI which gained 4.3 percent.
ACC shares clocked a second day of gains on Wednesday, closing 3 percent up to top the list of Sensex gainers.
On Tuesday, cement manufacturers had closed higher on hopes of better dispatches post monsoon and product price hikes in the near term, dealers had said.
It was a tough day for real estate counters as the sectoral index dropped more than 3 percent and ended as the top loser among BSE indices.
All but one stock in the index closed in red, with Orbit Corp shares ending down 5 percent as the top loser. Indiabulls Real Estate slipped 3.8 percent.
Realty counters posted decent gains in Friday trade, pushing the realty index up 1.8 percent in a weak Mumbai market that closed 53 points lower.
Sobha Developers topped the index with gains of 4 percent, followed by DLF, India’s top listed realty firm, which closed 3.55 percent up. Unitech shares ended 1.5 percent higher.
HDFC Bank, India’s second-largest private bank, rose as much as 2.4
percent to an all-time high of 2,240 rupees during trade on Thursday,
before closing 1.95 percent higher.
It was a good day for financial stocks overall, which rose on the back of rising FII inflows who have been lured by 8.5 percent economic growth forecast this year.
IT stocks posted decent gains on Wednesday, pushing the sectoral index up nearly 2 percent as robust profits from U.S. retailing giants boosted confidence in the corporate outlook in the world’s largest economy.
Mphasis topped the BSE IT Index with a 3.8 percent gain, followed by HCL Tech which rose 3.1 percent. Bigger players like TCS and Infosys posted gains of 2.1 percent and 1.92 percent respectively.