Expectations from railway budget buoy stocks of railroad firms

Mumbai, Feb 25 (IANS) Positive expectations from the upcoming railway budget buoyed stocks of companies associated with the Indian railroads during the volatile morning trade session on Thursday.

Market analysts attributed the rise on short-covering triggered by hopes of an increase in capital expenditure of the Indian Railways.

At the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), shares of major firms associated with the railway sector like BEML, Siemens, Reliance Industrial Infrastructure, ABB India and HCC rose during the morning session.

Stocks of BEML stocks rose by 1.81 percent to Rs.1,036.40 from its previous close of Rs.1,017.95 per equity share (at 10.30 a.m.).

Siemens stocks increased by 1.87 percent to Rs.1,012.40 from its previous close at Rs.993.85.

Similarly, scrip of Reliance Industrial Infrastructure surged by 1.17 percent to Rs.389.80 from its previous day’s close at Rs.385.30.

The ABB India scrip rose by 0.23 percent to Rs.1,079.75 from its previous close of Rs.1,077.25.

Shares of Hindustan Construction Corporation (HCC) increased by 0.86 percent to Rs.17.50 per equity share from the previous close of Rs.17.35.

In contrast, Larsen & Turbo (L&T) stocks declined by 0.02 percent to Rs.1,113, from its previous close of Rs.1,113.25.

In the logistics space, shares of all major firms showed a significant rise.

Timken stocks increased by 1.92 percent to Rs.448.60 from its previous close at Rs.440.15 per equity share.

Container Corporation of India’s stocks also rose by 0.42 percent to Rs.1,138 from its previous close of Rs.1,133.25.

The scrip of Gateway Distriparks gained by 0.16 percent to Rs.214 from its previous close at Rs.213.65.

Allcargo Logistics firm rose 0.78 percent to Rs.149.45 from its previous day’s close at Rs.148.30.

In the case of wagon makers, scrip of Kalindee Rail Nirman and Texmaco Rail and Engineering fell, whereas Titagarh Wagons’ rose.

The shares of Kalindee Rail Nirman (Engineers) declined by 1.70 percent to Rs.132.70, moving down from its previous close of Rs.135.

Texmaco Rail and Engineering fell by 1.64 percent to Rs.128.90 from its previous close at Rs.131.05.

Stocks of Titagarh Wagons surged by 0.20 percent to Rs.124 from its previous close of Rs.123.75.

Equity shares of other firms, such as Kernex Microsystems and Hind Rectifiers declined.

Kernex Microsystems showed a fall of 0.79 percent to Rs.37.50 from its previous day’s close at Rs.37.80.

Scrip of Hind Rectifiers declined by 1.98 percent to Rs.66.90 from the previous close of Rs.68.25.

On the other hand, shares of MIC Electronics rose by 4.13 percent to Rs.20.15 from it’s previous day’s close at Rs.19.35.

Scrip of KEC International surged by 1.65 percent to Rs.104.80 from the previous close of Rs. 103.10.

Another firm, Stone India’s stocks rose by 2.58 percent to Rs.69.70 from its previous close of Rs.67.95 per equity share.

Vaibhav Agarwal, vice president and research head at Angel Broking, elaborated that shares of companies involved in business with Indian Railways were volatile ahead of the rail budget.

“Some of these companies like, Hind Rectifiers, Kalindee Rail, Kernex Microsystems and Titagarh Wagons are trading in broader range of positive 1 percent to negative 1 percent,” Agarwal noted.

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