Markets rebound to end marginally higher on Friday, the eve of GST


Benchmark indices rebounded to ended marginally higher after a day of subdued trading as caution ahead of the launch of a goods and services tax (GST) kept investors on edge. The indices ended the month of June in negative, first monthly loss this year, even after they rose a bit in the late afternoon deals.

The revised tax structure will kick in from midnight, marking India’s biggest tax reform since independence, unifying its $2 trillion economy and 1.3 billion people into a common market.

The S&P BSE Sensex settled the day at 30,921, up 64 points, while the broader Nifty50 was ruling at 9,521, up 17 points.

In the broader market, the S&P BSE Midcap and the S&P BSE Smallcap bucked the trend to gain 0.6% each.

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Sensex bids adieu to 2016 higher by 260 points


Benchmark indices continued the cheer as investors traded in the final trading session of 2016. Markets rose over 1% in today’s trade to post a yearly gain as they recover from the recent losses tracking various local and global cues.

Nifty gained around 300 points in the last 4 sessions to end the year over 8,200 in 2016 led by gains in Aurobindo Pharma, GAIL, Sun Pharma and ITC . On the other hand, Sensex rose as much as 308 points today to settle the year 544 points higher.

The S&P BSE Sensex ended at 26,626, up 260 points while Nifty50 gained 82 points at closing, to quote at 8,186. Among broader markets, BSE Midcap gained 1.15% while BSE Smallcap was up 0.97%. About 1691 shares have advanced, 570 shares declined, and 145 shares are unchanged.

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Luck smiles on Tata Motors, Trident as Wipro wilts


The flower of optimism wilted on Dalal Street on Friday as Wipro hit its lowest level in more than two years.

The benchmark S&P BSE Sensex shed 54 points to end the day at 27,782. The 50-share gauge Nifty50 closed at 8,572, lower by 19 points.

Shares of Wipro tumbled to their two-year low during the session. The stock plunged another 3 percent after a 3 percent decline seen on Thursday. The company had posted weaker-than-expected numbers for June quarter and investors see it wilting under the pressure that the IT giants are facing this year.

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The week gone by but with Political results across 5 states


The market ended with heavy losses. The Nifty ended below 7850, down 33.70 points or 0.4 percent. The Sensex is down 97.82 points or 0.4 percent at 25301.90. About 871 shares advanced, 1679 shares declined, and 197 shares are unchanged.

ITC gained 1 percent after posting better-than-expected Q4 results. Adani Ports, ONGC, NTPC and Bajaj Autowere top gainers in the Sensex. Losers were Lupin (down 9 percent), ICICI Bank, Reliance, M&M and Tata Motors.

After the political results of 5 states yesterday, there was a glimmer of hope of seeing the GST bill through but we can only hope things fall in place soon.

Here are some picks from the week gone by:

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