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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.

The drop comes after an over 4 percent gain on Friday post failure of tie-up talks with South Africa-based MTN.

Investors in this counter have little to cheer as Bharti shares have returned (-)2.5 percent since August.

Bharti gains after deal collapse

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Shares in Bharti Airtel ended 4 percent higher in a broader market which ended flat.

Bharti Airtel, which carries over 4 percent weightage in the 30-share sensitive index, closed at 435 rupees with volumes of 6.8 million.

Will you buy Bharti Airtel shares?

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Children play near a Bharti Airtel billboard outside a railway station in Chandigarh May 26, 2009Shares in Bharti Airtel gained 2.8 percent on Friday, contributing well to the benchmark’s gain of over 200 points on the last trading day of the week.

The company is in exclusive talks for a stake in South Africa’s MTN, a deal which will create the world’s No. 3 mobile firm. On Thursday, the two firms said they were extending talks till Sept. 30, their second such extension this year.

Bharti Shares drops on deal concern

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Shares in Bharti Airtel fell more than 3 percent on Tuesday after the mobile operator and South Africa’s MTN group extended talks (to August 31) aimed at creating the world’s No 3 operator, beating China Mobile and Vodafone.

Bharti Airtel closed at 400.55 rupees and was among the top 20 traded stocks on the BSE, with volumes up to 835.10 million rupees.

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