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Shares in Infosys Technologies, India’s second-largest outsourcer, rose as much as nearly 2 percent to a record high of 2,882 rupees on Friday on optimism about quarterly earnings next week.
The company unveils its quarterly earnings on June 13. Its earnings are often dubbed as a trendsetter for sectoral peers.
India’s leading information technology exporters should report robust quarterly sales, thanks to improving demand from their mainstay financial clients, but Europe’s debt crisis and rising salaries could cap their outlook.
Macquarie expects Infosys to raise fiscal year 2011 U.S. dollar revenue growth guidance to 17-19 percent from 16-18 percent.
Shares of major telecom players plunged on Thursday, pulling the BSE Technology Index down 2.8 percent.
Thirteen of the 15-stock BSE IT index closed in the green, with Aptech leading the pack with a 16.5 percent jump.
Top IT companies posted smart gains with Patni Computer leading the sectoral index with a 7 percent rise. Shares of Wipro, TCS and Infosys touched their 52-week highs.
The rupee movement versus the dollar has also been supportive for this industry, which receives significant revenue in foreign currency. The rupee has strengthened to below 48/dollar from near 52/dollar levels in March this year.
The BSE Sensex seesawed today, mainly on account of profit-booking after the benchmark closed at an almost nine-month high yesterday.
The 30-share sensitive index of the Bombay Stock Exchange swung from an intra-day high of 14,994 to an intra-day low of 14,608, and finally closed 34 points up at 14,874. The fifty-share Nifty ended 0.10 percent down at 4525.
The main contributors to the benchmark’s rise were HDFC, Tata Steel, ICICI Bank and SBI.
After rising over 1 percent in early morning trade today, the benchmark index pared gains and just managed to close 27 points higher at 9042, as worries over grim domestic and global economic outlook capped gains made on hopes of an interest rate cut.
The day belonged to technology stocks which appeared attractive post a weakening in the rupee (it continues to trade close to 50 per dollar levels). The BSE IT index closed 2.4 percent higher. Shares in Tech Mahindra gained over 12 percent, Wipro was up 5.4 percent and Infosys ended 2.5 percent higher.