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Shares of real estate companies closed higher on Thursday as investors started accumulating some sector-specific beaten down stocks.
Property developer Unitech posted its best single-day gain in nearly 16 months, rallying 9.6 percent after JPMorgan upgraded the beaten down stock to “overweight” from “neutral”, citing cheap valuations, reasonable gearing, comfortable liquidity and high embedded land value.
The stock is still down nearly 39 percent this year.
The BSE Realty index was up 2.8 percent on Thursday, outperforming the benchmark index, which was up 0.8 percent.
Shares of Sobha Developers, Indiabulls Real Estate, Orbit Corp and Parsvnath Developers were up between 4 and 6 percent on Thursday.
Shares in Unitech, one of India’s leading real estate firms, rose 9.3 percent to close at 38.2 rupees, after a sell-off amid allegations that the firm was among those who were favoured in 2G licence grants in 2008.
On Tuesday, the CBI questioned Unitech’s MD as part of a probe into the alleged telecoms corruption scandal.
The BSE Realty index ended lower on Tuesday on concerns of increasing interest rates and as rising input costs weighed on investors.
Analysts said with foreign funds pulling out more than $1 billion from Indian equities since the start of January, the outlook for the near term remained subdued.
The BSE Realty index was down 3 percent, underperforming the benchmark index, which was down 1.5 percent. Shares of DLF, Unitech, Indiabulls Real Estate and Sobha Developers were down between 1 and 7 percent.
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Shares in Unitech, one of India’s leading real estate firm, fell 10.6 percent on Tuesday to close at 43.05 rupees. The stock ended as the top loser in the BSE Realty Index.
Rival DLF shares ended 1.4 pct lower. DLF said it was cautious on the near-term outlook as rising interest rates could weigh on demand after the firm reported a marginal drop in quarterly earnings.
It was a tough day for those who invest in real estate stocks as the BSE Realty index fell 4.76 percent on Friday, in a Mumbai market that fell more than 400 points.
Sobha Developers was worst hit in the sector, ending down 6 percent. Unitech shares fell 5.9 percent, while DLF slipped 5.46 percent.
The BSE Realty Index gained 2.7 percent on Friday and ended as the top sectoral gainer, with stocks such as DLF and Unitech posting smart gains.
DLF, India’s top listed firm, ended 5.2 percent higher at 365.65 rupees, while Unitech gained 3.14 percent. Sobha Developers topped the index with gains of 6.5 percent.
The BSE Realty Index closed 1.2 percent higher on Thursday while the broader market remained volatile and closed 0.4 percent lower at 19417.
Shares that boosted the sectoral index were DLF (up 2.6 percent), Unitech (up 1.5 percent) and Ansal Properties (up 2.1 percent). However, Omaxe dropped over 2 percent.
The BSE Realty Index gained 2.5 percent on Monday, with Unitech and DLF posting good gains in a broader market that closed over 400 points up on strong factory data and global cues.
Unitech was the top gainer in the index, rising 3.5 percent to 84.8 rupees, followed by DLF which gained 3.4 percent.