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September 29, 2008

Markets End in Red as US Contagion Spreads


Indian equities market ended deep in the red on all round nervousness following the US financial
contagion spreading to Britain and Europe and the US Congress announcing a much diluted
version of the $700 billion bailout plan, analysts said.

“There was no conviction and almost no buying in the Indian markets because at the moment all
macroeconomic factors around the world is negative,” said Jagannadham Thunuguntla, head
of the capital markets arm of India’s fourth largest share brokerage firm, the Delhi-based SMC

The 30-share benchmark sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE)
breached the 13,000 mark and closed at 12,595.75, down 506.43 points or 3.87 percent from its
previous close Friday at 13,102.18.

The broader based 50-share S&P Nifty index of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) finished at
3850.05, down 135.2 points or 3.39 percent from its previous close last Friday at 3,985.25.

The BSE mid cap index ended at 4,729.33, losing 211.49 points or 4.28 percent against its
previous close at 4,940.82.

The BSE small cap index finished at 5,553.03, down 308.75 points or 5.27 percent from its
previous close at 5,861.78.

While all sectoral indices showed losses, banks, consumer durables, information technology and
realty indices fell the most.

Among the Sensex component stocks only Hindustan Unilever at Rs.254.50 gained by Rs.2 or
0.79 percent from its previous close last Friday at Rs.252.50.

The top losers were ICICI Bank at Rs.493.30, losing Rs.67.95 or 12.11 percent from its previous
close last Friday at Rs.561.25. Jaiprakash Associates at Rs.106.70 lost Rs.14.35 or 11.85 percent
from its previous close at Rs.121.05. Satyam Computers lost Rs.29.40 or 9.13 percent and fell to
Rs.292.55 from its previous close at Rs.321.95. TCS Ltd. at Rs.619.65 lost Rs.56.80 or 8.4
percent from its previous close at Rs.676.45. As many as 2,287 or 85.18 percent stocks declined,
only 357 or 13.30 percent stocks advanced and 41 or 1.53 percent remained unchanged.