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Indian shares rise for 2nd day; blue chips gain
February 12, 2014 / 11:00 AM / 4 years ago

Indian shares rise for 2nd day; blue chips gain

* BSE index gains 0.42 pct; NSE ends up 0.35 pct

* Reliance Industries rebounds on value-buying

* Railway stocks fall after interim budget

By Indulal PM

MUMBAI, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Indian shares rose for a second consecutive day on Wednesday as blue chips rallied in line with higher global stocks, while Reliance Industries recovered from steep falls in the previous session that were seen as excessive.

Global shares were on track to post their longest winning run in five months as they rose for a sixth straight day, boosted by upbeat trade data from China and a U.S. House deal extending the federal borrowing authority.

Still, analysts remain cautious given that foreign investors in India were net sellers for a ninth consecutive session on Tuesday, bringing their total during the period to $681 million, according to exchange data.

India was also due to post consumer inflation and industrial output data later in the day, which will help set expectations ahead of the Reserve Bank of India’s policy review on April 1.

“Though the overall sentiment is positive, people are cautious. FIIs (foreign institutional investors) are continuously selling. We expect the Nifty to trade in a 6,000-6,200 range for the medium term,” said Suresh Parmar, head, institutional equities at KJMC Capital Markets.

The benchmark BSE index closed higher 0.42 percent at 20,448.49, while the broader NSE index ended up 0.35 percent at 6,084.

Shares of Reliance Industries gained 1.6 percent on value-buying after falling more than 2 percent on Tuesday when Delhi chief minister asked for an investigation into company Chairman Mukesh Ambani and policymakers over pricing of gas produced from the company’s D6 block in the eastern coast.

Other energy stocks such as Oil and Natural Gas Corp advanced 2.6 percent, while Gail India rose 2.5 percent.

Broadly blue chips gained tracking higher global shares. Data earlier showed Chinese exports handily beat expectations in January, while Wall Street gained overnight after the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly approved a one-year extension of the federal borrowing authority.

Banks rose with ICICI Bank up 3.1 percent and State Bank of India higher 0.8 percent ahead of inflation numbers later in the day.

However, among stocks that fell, Tata Steel Ltd declined 4 percent after its October-December net profit disappointed.

Shares in railway companies, including Kernex Microsystems (India), Kalindee Rail Nirman Engineers and Titagarh Wagons, fell after the interim railway budget unveiled on Wednesday lacked any major capital spending announcement.

Kernex fell 4.2 percent and Kalindee Rail closed down 1.3 percent.

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