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Bharti Airtel shines in weak market

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Shares in Bharti Airtel, India’s top mobile operator, gained 2.6 percent on Wednesday and ended the top gainer among Sensex components, even as the benchmark closed weak near its 2-month low.

Its shares had declined 2.9 percent over the two earlier sessions.

Rival firm Reliance Communications’ shares however ended weak after losing 1.05 percent. Idea Cellular closed marginally in red.

Shares in Bharti have dropped over 3 percent since mid-April. Do you think it is the right time to invest in the counter?

Reliance Natural falls 7.5 percent

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Shares in Reliance Natural slipped 7.55 percent on Tuesday and ended as the top loser in the BSE Oil & Gas index. The benchmark index dropped nearly 250 points.

The Supreme Court is expected to rule by next week on a long and high-profile gas pricing dispute between the Ambani brothers.

Metal stocks struggle in trade

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Metal companies fared badly at the bourses on Monday, causing the BSE Metal Index to drop nearly 2 percent.

Iron ore firm Sesa Goa ended as the top loser in the index, dropping more than 6 percent to 401.55 rupees. Gujarat NRE Coke shares slipped 4.3 percent.

Banking counters under pressure

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Various banking stocks were under pressure on Monday on concerns the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) would further hike interest rates.

The Bankex closed down 0.84 percent with 12 of 17 components in red.

Allahabad Bank and Bank of Baroda were the worst performers in the index, losing over 3 percent. Bigger players like ICICI Bank dropped 1.2 percent while SBI slipped 0.7 percent in trade.

Would you buy a ULIP? Share your views

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It was not the perfect weekend for investors of unit-linked insurance products (ULIP) after market regulator SEBI barred 14 insurance firms from issuing or promoting such plans, which are a favourite among investors.

But Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Monday SEBI and insurance regulator IRDA have agreed to maintain status quo on ULIPs and also jointly seek a binding legal mandate from an appropriate board.

Auto stocks post decent gains

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The BSE Auto Index gained 1.27 percent on Friday, as a top industry body official said he expected Indian vehicles sales to reach a record high for the second year in a row in 2010/11.

Shares in Tata Motors rose 4.5 percent to 808 rupees and ended as the top gainer among the Sensex and auto index components.

Bad day for oil and gas counters

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RELIANCE-OIL/The BSE Oil & Gas index ended as the worst sectoral performer on Thursday, posting losses of 1.8 percent, as the Sensex slumped 255 points on increased expectations of a rate hike.

Reliance Industries and Cairn India dropped over 2 percent each and were the top losers in the index. ONGC slipped 1.97 percent.

Reliance Industries jumps nearly 3 percent

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Shares in Reliance Industries, India’s top listed firm, gained nearly 3 percent on Monday to 1125 rupees, boosting the BSE Oil & Gas Index over 2 percent.

The energy major was also the top contributor to the Sensex’s surge of nearly 250 points to its 25-month closing high.

Small-cap stocks shine

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downloadThe BSE Small-cap Index outperformed all other sectoral indices on Thursday, rising 2.4 percent in a firm market that ended nearly one percent up.

Of the 481 stocks in the small-cap index, 15 gained 10 percent or more, of which two jumped nearly 20 percent.

Mixed day for banks, HDFC Bank down 3 pct

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- Mixed day for banks, HDFC Bank down 3 pct The BSE banking index fell 0.5 percent on Tuesday after gaining 3.7 percent over the last four sessions. Shares in HDFC Bank slipped 3 percent in trade and ended as the top Sensex loser. The benchmark Sensex too ended a four-session rally, closing 121 points lower at 17590. The other prominent losers were Axis Bank, which slipped 2.2 percent, and SBI which ended 0.6 percent lower. Some smaller peers however had a good day. Bank of India vaulted over 5 percent to the top of the bankex gainers list, while Karnataka Bank gained 2.3 percent. Seeing the current interest rate environment and with the Reserve Bank widely expected to increase rates in April, will you invest in this sector? http://in.reuters.com/article/economicNews/idINIndia-46771020100309

asdasdasdasdThe BSE banking index fell 0.55 percent on Tuesday after gaining 3.7 percent over the last four sessions.

Shares in HDFC Bank slipped 3 percent in trade and ended as the top Sensex loser.

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