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Bharti Airtel shares jump


Shares in Bharti Airtel, India’s leading telecom firm, gained 3 .4 percent on Wednesday and ended as the top Sensex gainer, even as the overall Mumbai market closed weak.

Other players like Reliance Communications and Idea Cellular managed to close in green as well.

Hurt by price war, Bharti Airtel is expected to report flat quarterly profit growth when it announces results on Friday.

Shares in Bharti Airtel have gained 0.6 percent in 2010 but Reliance Communications has added an impressive 8 percent.

Telecom shares rise



Shares of telecom firms rose on Thursday after the RBI allowed telecom firms to access oversees markets to fund their bids for 3G spectrum.

The big names that led the rise were Bharti Airtel (up 3.4 percent to 342.35 rupees), Reliance Communications (up 2.1 percent higher at 185.70 rupees) and IDEA (up 4.1 percent higher at 60.20 rupees)

Telecom stocks struggle, Bharti falls nearly 4.5 pct


Telecom stocks started the week on a disappointing note, with Bharti Airtel slipping 4.4 percent and Reliance Comm ending down over 1 percent.

Bharti Airtel was also the top Sensex loser. Smaller competitor Idea Cellular closed 2.85 percent lower.

Telecom stocks plunge


MTN-BHARTI/Telecom stocks were in focus on Tuesday with several of them posting sharp falls, even as the Sensex recovered over 300 points to close nearly 100 points higher.

Market participants are worried that lower tariffs and increasing competition could hurt profitability of such firms. On Monday, Reliance Communications cut call charges across all networks to 50 paise/min.