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Shares in automobile companies rose on Wednesday on hopes of buoyant demand during the September-to-December festive season.
Top car maker Maruti Suzuki rose 3.6 percent after Bank of America-Merrill Lynch upgraded it to buy from underperform.
Other stocks like Mahindra & Mahindra and Hero Honda gained 0.2 percent and 0.1 percent respectively. Stocks like Tata Motors slipped 0.6 percent.
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The BSE Auto Index closed 1.3 points lower on Wednesday as investors across Asia remained cautious after the overnight slide on Wall Street.
The Auto Index was the top performer yesterday, gaining as much as 2.45 percent in a broader market that shed 115 points.
The BSE Sensex ended 2.6 percent up on Thursday on good corporate results and robust economic data.
Data released on Thursday showed infrastructure output grew 6.5 percent in June while the Wholesale Price Index fell 1.17 percent in the 12 months to July 11.
The BSE Sensex broke a two-day climb and fell marginally to 0.2 percent on Thursday as investors squared their position on the last day of expiry.
The BSE auto index gained 1.3 percent as autos bucked the trend. The rise was led by buying in Maruti Suzuki, Mahindra & Mahindra and Bharat Forge as the government cut state-set fuel prices, a move that could help in slowing down inflation.
FIIs remained net buyers of $6.2 million in equity and $0.5 million in debt, as against net sellers of $59.4 million yesterday and $85.3 million on January 27.