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Subbarao goes against his panel, again

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Finance Minister P. Chidambaram is not the only one walking alone.

Duvvuri Subbarao, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) chief, also seems to be on a solitary, and one hopes, contemplative walk.

It’s not just the government putting pressure on the central bank to act and cut rates.

Minutes of a RBI advisory panel on monetary policy released on Wednesday showed Subbarao went against the advice of most external members, including economists and academics, in deciding to keep rates on hold at the Oct. 30 meeting.

Five of the six external members present had suggested a cut in the repo rate, with two suggesting a chunky 50 basis point cut. The governor thought otherwise, opting to lower the cash reserve ratio by 25 basis points.

No solution in sight for bipolar Indian stocks

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As the end of 2012 approaches, investors will likely remember this as a bipolar year for Indian markets.

A look at the Sensex chart for the year captures perfectly the swings in investors’ mood: from an exuberant January all the way to the despair of June to radiant optimism in September.

BSE Auto index falls 2 pct

Auto stocks struggled in trade on Friday, as stocks like Exide Industries, M&M and Maruti Suzuki fell, pushing the sectoral index down 2 percent.

Exide Industries ended down 4.6 percent as the top loser in the auto index, followed by M&M which dropped 3.3 percent.

Maruti Suzuki shares fell nearly 1 percent while Tata Motors dropped more than 2 percent. The situation in Japan has been weighing on Maruti’s stock for some days now.

Banking index gains 1.5 pct

It was a good day for banking counters, as the banking index ended with gains of 1.5 percent in a Mumbai market that ended 200 points higher.

HDFC Bank was the top gainer in the index, ending up 4.15 percent, followed by IndusInd Bank which gained 2.4 percent. Federal Bank was the only stock in the index which ended in red.

The banking index is down 5.5 percent in 2011, while HDFC Bank is down 7 percent, and ICICI is down 7.5 percent during the same period.

Unitech shares jump more than 9 pct

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.

In 2011, shares in Unitech have slumped over 42 percent. Do you think it is the right time to invest in this counter?

Mahindra Satyam shares jump on earnings

Software services exporter Mahindra Satyam jumped 11.7 percent to 64.65 rupees after the firm reported its third quarter net profit, which more than doubled from a quarter ago.

The company also said that it put a planned merger with its parent firm, Tech Mahindra, on hold.

Shares in Tech Mahindra ended 10.6 percent higher.

Do you think it is a good time to buy Mahindra Satyam’s shares?

Realty stocks struggle, Unitech falls 10.6 pct

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.

The BSE Realty Index lost more than 4 percent to end as the top sectoral loser.

Unitech shares have falled 35 percent in 2011. Do you think it is time to invest in this stock?

TCS shares touch record high

Shares in TCS gained nearly 5.5 percent on Tuesday after the firm had reported a good set of quarterly numbers on Monday evening after market hours.

TCS led the gains in the benchmark Sensex and rose to a record high after it beat street estimates and said it expected strong demand for outsourcing.

Do you think it is worth investing in TCS at this stage?

L&T shares fall after quarterly results

Shares in engineering conglomerate L&T ended down 1.65 percent on Monday after the company posted a 10.5-percent rise in standalone profit for the quarter ended in December, but a fall in its operating margin hit investor sentiment.

The company said its operating margin in the third quarter was at 10.8 percent compared with 12.4 percent a year ago.

The BSE Capital Goods Index ended down 1.17 percent.

Do you think it is worth investing in L&T at this stage?

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