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Indian stocks snap three-week gaining spree



Mumbai:  The BSE benchmark Sensex snapped its three-week winning streak and fell by 107 points despite fag-end buying on expectation of a rate cut by Reserve Bank due to fall in WPI inflation figure as well as healthy rise in industrial output. The Sensex rose to a 20-month high as India's factory output, measured by the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), soared to a 16-month high of 8.2 per cent in October.

However, it surrendered the gains on profit booking amid drop in exports for the seventh straight month in November. Retail inflation rose to 9.90 per cent in November from 9.75 per cent in October, while WPI inflation declined to 7.24 per cent in November from 7.45 per cent in October. "WPI inflation now looks on track to fall below seven per cent by March, opening up space for RBI to trim policy rates, which look set to be reduced in January," said BNP Paribas Chief Asia Economist Richard Iley.

Investors were also enthused at the tail-end of the week by Finance Minister P Chidambaram's comment that Government will take some more steps in the next few weeks to revive the economy and boost investment sentiments. The 30-share Sensex resumed better and shot up further to a 20-month high of 19,612.18, but declined afterwards to a low of 19,193.11 before ending the week at 19,317.25, posting a loss of 106.85 points, or 0.55 per cent. In straight three-week of gaining string, the key BSE index had spurted by 1,114.73 points, or 6.09 per cent.

The NSE 50-share Nifty also declined by 27.80 points, or 0.47 per cent, to finish the week at 5,879.60. Banking stocks saw some activity on hopes legislation on sectoral reforms would be passed during the current session of Parliament, said traders. Kishor P. Ostwal, CMD, CNI Research said,"Nifty futures after testing 6000 in this week corrected as there were huge over leveraged long positions. Also there was some shift of liquidity from secondary market to large FPO/IPO making investors to take some profits and create new liquidity till the time refunds are granted."

"The global economy is going through a difficult phase as businesses, consumers and investors wait for clarity on a range of risks, from the outcome of fiscal negotiations in the US to the trajectory of growth in China. Euphoria will continue even Nifty past 6000 or for that matter even after 6200 new high," he added.

Eighteen scrips out of the sensex pack ended lower while 12 finished higher. Major losers from the sensex pack were BHEL (7.41 per cent), NTPC (4.53 per cent), Tata Power (4.51 per cent), Bharti Air (3.27 per cent), Hindalco (3.11 per cent), Coal India (2.55 per cent), HUL (2.40 per cent), Maruti (2.36 per cent), TCS (2.13 per cent) and L&T (2.05 per cent).
However, Bajaj Auto rose by 7.25 per cent followed by Jindal Steel 5.14 per cent, Tata Motors 3.58 per cent, Sun Pharma 2.44 per cent, Hero Motocorp 2.29 per cent, HDFC 1.83 per cent and M&M 1.39 per cent.

Among sectorial indices, the BSE-CD dropped by 4.65 per cent followed by BSE-Power 3.23 per cent, BSE-CG 2.59 per cent, BSE-PSU 1.68 per cent, BSE-Realty 1.65 per cent, BSE-FMCG 1.50 per cent and BSE-Teck 1.35 per cent. Small-cap and Mid-cap indices underperformed the sensex and dropped by 1.24 per cent and 1.01 per cent respectively.  However, the BSE-Auto rose by 2.07 per cent followed by Bankex 0.58 per cent and BSE-HC 0.14 per cent.

The Indian rupee ended almost flat at 54.48 down by just a paisa against the Greenback during the week.

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