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Sensex posts modest gains

Friday, January 29, 2010
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Mumbai: A benchmark index for Indian equities Friday closed 50 points higher, making its way back into the green in spite of jittery trader sentiments due to the central bank's decision to raise the cash reserve ratio by 75 basis points. The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 16,253.82 points, shut shop at 16,357.96 points, up 51.09 points or 0.31 percent from its previous close at 16,306.87 points. The chart showing the 52 week performance of Sensex is on the left. It had earlier fallen over 325 points or nearly 2 percent to 15,982.08 points below its previous close, soon after the Reserve Bank of India announced a 75 basis points hike in the cash reserve ratio as fears spread it would result in industry facing a crunch to raise credit. At the National Stock Exchange (NSE), the broader 50-share S&P CNX Nifty closed at 4,882.05 points against the previous close at 4,867.25 points -- a gain of 0.3 percent. Broader markets also witnessed a change in sentiments with buying resulting in the BSE midcap index closing 1.01 percent up and the BSE small cap index ending 1.2 percent higher. Banking stocks, realty and consumer goods scrips saw buying interest, while FMCG, metal and telecom stocks came under selling pressure. The market breadth was positive with 1,471 stocks advancing against 1,354 scrips declining and 62 remaining unchanged. Among gainers on the Sensex were ICICI Bank, up 5.29 percent at Rs.830.40; BHEL, up 3.1 percent at Rs.2,406.45; SBI, up 2.37 percent at Rs.2,058; and DLF, up 2.54 percent at Rs.332.80. Top losers included Hindustan Unilever, down 4.44 percent at Rs.244.10; Wipro, down 3.8 percent at Rs.647.40; Tata Motors, down 2.92 percent at Rs.694.35; and Tata Steel, down 2.83 percent at Rs.569. Other major Asian markets closed in the red, with the benchmark Japanese index, Nikkei, ending 2.08 percent lower at 10,198.04 points, and the Korean Kospi 2.44 percent down at 1,602.43 points. The Hang Seng of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange ended 1.15 percent lower at 20,121.99 points. The Chinese Shanghai composite index too closed marginally in the red, at 2,989.29 points, 0.16 percent down. European markets were ruling higher Friday, a day after bearing the brunt of a huge sell-off. At closing bell here, FTSE 100, the benchmark index of the London Stock Exchange, was ruling 0.74 percent higher at 5,183.7 points, while the French index, CAC 40, was up 0.84 percent at 3,719.95 points. Its German peer the DAX was ruling 0.97 percent higher at 5,594.32 points.
Source: IANS
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