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ICICI Bank leads Sensex decline

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The BSE Sensex ended 0.85 percent down on Tuesday, as investors saw an opportunity to book profits after the market rallied 13.4 percent over the past five sessions.INDIA-STOCKS/6PCT

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 fifty-share Nifty ended 0.74 percent down to 4,469.

The fall in the Sensex was led by ICICI Bank, ITC and Infosys.

IT stocks felt some heat after a sharp rally triggered by better-than-expected Q1 June 2009 results by TCS, India’s top software services firm by sales.

The decline in IT stocks was led by TCS which fell 4.5 percent after surging over 15 percent on Monday. Infosys dropped 1.5 percent and Wipro was down 0.46 percent.

Sensex drops 292 points

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MARKETS-SOUTHASIA/STOCKSIn pre-budget pessimism, investors booked profits on Tuesday shaving nearly 300 points off the benchmark.

The Sensex closed 1.97 pct down at 14,494, while the Nifty slipped 100 points to 4,291.

Market rises on short covering

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INDIA-BUDGETThe good times continue for the market. The benchmark extended its rally on Thursday and ended 186 points up as investors covered short positions on the last date of derivatives expiry.

Engineering firm L&T beat forecast with strong quarterly numbers. Its shares closed 2.3 percent up.

Sensex registers sixth weekly rise

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After rising over 3 percent by mid-day, the Sensex pared gains and closed just 0.69 percent higher at 11,023 as investors booked profit ahead of the weekend.

Infosys Technologies, L&T and ICICI shares led the gains in the benchmark.

INDIA-STOCKS/20KUnitech emerged as the star performer, surging over 20 percent. Unitech is looking to sell more stocks and assets, such as hotels and offices, to cut its high debt.

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