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Good day for banking stocks

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The BSE Banking index closed 2 percent higher on Thursday while the broader market ended 1.6 pct marginally over the 17,000 mark.

HDFC Bank ended 2.7 pct higher, Axis Bank gained 3.4 pct while SBI shares rose 1.2 pct up.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) may still raise interest rates before a scheduled policy review in July, HSBC had said, after data showed on Monday the economy grew an expected 8.6 percent in the final quarter of fiscal 2009/10.

Do you think the expected tightening in monetary policy may weigh on banking shares?

Reliance Comm surges on report of Etisalat talks

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Shares in Reliance Communications jumped 11 percent on Wednesday following a newspaper report that UAE’s Etisalat was in advanced talks to buy a quarter of the Indian firm for 180 billion rupees.
Etisalat confirmed it is looking to buy a stake in an Indian mobile operator.

A stake sale could mean a change in strategy for Reliance Comm owner Anil Ambani, who has made several smaller acquisitions to expand his firm overseas.

Oil and gas index slips 2.5 pct

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Shares of oil and gas firms came under pressure on Tuesday because of profit booking, which sent the sectoral index down 2.5 percent.

Energy major Reliance Industries fell more than 3 percent and ended as the top loser in the sector.

Auto stocks gain

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Shares in auto companies posted decent gains on Monday on hopes of strong sales in May.

The BSE Auto index closed 1.9 percent higher, with TVS Motors and M&M gaining more than 5 percent each. Shares in Maruti Suzuki gained 1.13 percent.

Piramal Healthcare drops on takeover news

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Shares in Piramal Healthcare ended 11.8 percent lower at 502 rupees on Friday, after an announcement that pharmaceutical major Abbott will acquire Piramal Healthcare’s pharmaceutical solutions business for $3.72 billion.

Piramal Healthcare on Wednesday had denied reports that the founders were selling a stake in the drug maker, pushing its shares down more than 8 percent.

Realty stocks tumble as markets slide

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The BSE Realty Index ended down nearly 4 percent on Wednesday, with all index components closing in the red.

Realty stocks tumble as markets slideUnitech, one of India’s leading realty firms, dropped 6 percent and ended as the top loser in the index. Rival DLF fell 3.6 pct.

L&T gains more after result boost

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Shares in leading engineering and construction firm L&T continued their climb and closed 3.26 percent higher on Tuesday, after a good set of quarterly numbers declared on Monday.

The firm had said it was upbeat on outlook, which helped the stock reach its best closing level in four months.

ABB shares zoom

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Shares in ABB surged 23.4 percent to 831 rupees on Monday after promoter ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd sought to buy up to 22.9 percent in the firm at 900 rupees a share.

The offer was at about 34 percent premium to Friday’s closing price. Shares in ABB ended trade with volumes of 1.17 million shares.

Godrej Consumer jumps 13.8 pct

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Shares of personal products maker Godrej Consumer Products vaulted nearly 14 percent on Thursday to the top of the BSE Mid-cap index with volumes of 0.65 million shares.

On Wednesday, U.S.-based Sara Lee Corp had announced it would sell its 51 percent stake in Godrej Sara Lee Ltd joint venture to Godrej Consumer Products for $233.7 million. Godrej on Thursday said its revenues would rise 86 percent in FY11 following the buyout.

Healthcare index jumps 1.6 pct

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It was a good day of trade for investors in healthcare counters. The index for healthcare stocks gained 1.6 percent and ended as top sectoral gainer.

Opto Cicuits gained 3.2 percent and topped the index, followed by Cadila which rose 2.5 percent.

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