Money on the markets
A maturing market amid the mayhem
The BSE Sensex closed 2.28 percent lower on Friday, extending losses for the week to 3.25 percent.
Leading financial stocks like ICICI Bank and SBI pulled the Banking Index down, which registered a drop of nearly 4 percent – its 4th fall this week.
The banking sector has seen an upsurge of almost 53 percent for the period December 31, 2008 to August 6, 2009.
Correspondingly, there has been an increase in Sensex heavyweights like ICICI Bank, which has gained over 70 percent, and SBI which has seen a growth of almost 40 percent over the same period.
Shares of Mahindra Satyam rose in an otherwise lacklustre market today, ending 5.41 percent higher at 112.95 rupees.
During market hours on Wednesday, Larsen & Toubro Ltd sought permission from market regulators to sell its stake in outsourcer Mahindra Satyam Ltd, according to a company spokesman.
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.
The Sensex closed at 15,670 on Friday, the highest since mid June 2008, while the Nifty index closed at tad below 4,650, a mark closely watched by market participants.
Optimism has swept investors around the globe with good corporate results raising hopes that the worst of the financial crisis might be over.
Patni Computer, the top gainer in the index, rose over 12 percent after the company announced a 14 percent rise in Q1 profits. A company official said it will seek acquisitions in Europe and the Asia-Pacific to help lower its dependence on the United States.
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 erased early morning gains of over 2 percent and ended 1.46 percent down on Wednesday as weak sentiments across Asia downplayed investor sentiments.
The 30-share sensitive index swung from an intra-day high of 15,234 to an intra-day low of 14,955 and closed 128 points lower at 15,062.
The BSE Sensex extended gains on Monday to cross the 15,000 mark as hopes of recovery in corporate earnings boosted confidence worldwide.