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Indian Stock Traders To Contend With Fewer Holidays in 2010 !

Indian Stock Traders To Contend With Fewer Holidays in 2010

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Indian brokerages and traders would have to contend with fewer trading holidays in 2010, going by the list of weekdays on which the markets will remain closed in 2010.

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Moreover, they would have to put in longer hours this year owing to the decision of stock exchanges to increase the trading hours.

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In comparison to 2009, when there were 19 holidays throughout the year, the projected number of public holidays in 2010 has dropped to just 11, including the first day of the year.

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As per the official of Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), this is certainly not by design.

Eight holidays this year — including Dussehra, Guru Nanak’s birthday, Christmas, Independence Day — fall either on a Saturday or Sunday,” he said.

“It’s only that we have mentioned them on our holiday list.”

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According to SMC Capital’s Jagannadham Thunuguntla, the Securities and Exchange Board of India was already contemplating a cut in the number of holidays to align the Indian markets with other peers, where trading holidays are restricted to six-seven a year.

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“This year, coincidentally, this has fallen in place. Many festivals and events are on weekends. That’s why, if you notice, today has been declared a holiday as a consolation to us,” Thunuguntla told.

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The authorities at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and the National Stock Exchange (NSE) have not only increased the trading hours by 55 minutes but have also decided not to advance the opening bell this year .

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From Jan 4 onwards, trading will commence at 9 a.m., while the closing bell will ring at 3.30 p.m. in a move intended to woo foreign funds from other major Asian markets like Singapore and Hong Kong.

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Nifty, Sensex at New Peak Ahead of Diwali :)

Nifty, Sensex at New Peak Ahead of Diwali

Nifty, Sensex at New Peak Ahead of Diwali

As China’s economy showed more signs of revival and weak dollar raises commodity stocks,  Global Stock Markets increased while the Sensex Index gained 204 points to close at 17,231.

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However, on the NSE, the Nifty advanced 64 points to end at 5,118, its highest level since 16 May 2008 when it closed at 5,157.

Moreover, the BSE metal index increased 5.2%  while Sesa Goa rose nearly 14% and JSPL rose 8%.

Additionally, the BSE capital goods index was up 2.4% and the BSE auto index gained 2.3%.

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In the Capital goods space, Punj Lloyd advanced 7.3%, Praj Industries rose 5.7% and Themax ended 4% higher.

Similarly, among the auto stocks, M&M, Bharat Forge and Exide Ind gained over 5% each.

In the Sensex pack, 25 stocks increased while 5 counters decreased.

M&M surged 6.1% to Rs 971 and Sterlite Ind, Hindalco and JP Associates were up over 5% each.

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Moreover, RCom emerged as the top loser while the stock declined 6.5% to Rs 231 in the midst of reports that special auditor has pointed out that the company inflated revenues by
Rs 2,915 crore
in 2007-08 financial year.

Further, Bharti Airtel shed 3.2% while Reliance Infra fell 2.6% and previously, in Asia, China’s Shanghai index jumped 1.2% enhancing more by expectations for better corporate earnings for Q3.

On the other hand, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 2% while Japan’s market was the region’s only major laggard with the Nikkei 225 stock average shedding 0.2% to 10,060.21 in the midst of a stronger yen.

In the meantime, the dollar resumed its slide, falling to a 14-month low against the euro pushing prices for commodities like oil and gold ever higher.

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